Maxie Esho first burst in the ABL scene in early January of 2018 when he replaced Travele Jones as the Saigon Heat’s World Import.
It wasn’t long before Esho established himself as a primary scoring option as he went on a tear, scoring at least 20 points in 15 straight games — a league record. He finished the season averaging 26.5 points per game for the team from Saigon.
The 6’9″ big man continued to show his scoring prowess in the 2018 Playoffs as he chalked up a 42-point performance in their first game against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. However, despite his spectacular play, Maxie Esho and the Saigon Heat were ultimately eliminated by the eventual champions in the Quarterfinals.
The following year, Maxie Esho returned to the ABL but this time as a Knight. Esho did not skip a beat as he continued to show his value as the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia’s main man. Esho once again put up stellar numbers during the regular season earning him an Import MVP nomination. Although, he would eventually lose the award to Xavier Alexander.
Despite struggling earlier in the season, the Esho-led Knights powered their way to the 2019 Finals, where the Singapore Slingers were waiting for them. The Finals series was a grueling 5-match duel with the deciding game held in the Slingers’ turf.
With the championship on the line, the stage was set for Maxie Esho to showcase his greatness.
With 1:15 left in the ball game, Esho drained a triple to even up the score. As the final buzzer sounded, Esho and the Knights were declared ABL champions.
Maxie Esho ended the season with a championship trophy in one hand and the Finals MVP trophy in the other.