An ABL Finals berth awaits the victor between the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia and Mono Vampire Basketball this Sunday at GOR Kertajaya, Surabaya.
It’s Game 3 of their semifinals matchup as one team will advance to the promised land while the other will pack their backs and go home.
In this series, each team has won on their home floor. And in each of the first two games, a huge second half surge proved to be the difference. The Knights pulled away in the third period in Game 1 and came out with an 86-77 win. While in Game 2, the Mono Vampire hit their shots and found their groove in the last two quarters of the contest, claiming the 79-71 victory.
For the winner-take-all Game 3, expect the stars to come out and perform. Maxie Esho remains a consistent source of production for the Knights. He’s scored a total of 38 points in the first two games, but come Game 3, a big scoring explosion from him is needed for Indonesia. He hasn’t dominated a game so far and he’s capable of putting up 25-30 points any given night just as he’s shown in the regular season. His all-around game will be one of the barometers for the success of the Knights. Alongside Esho is Douglas Herring. He’s been doing a little bit of everything for his squad but versus Mono Vampire, however, his assists in the series have been far from his season average.
For Mono, their success will lie heavily on the broad shoulders of Mike Singletary. He had nine points in the Game 1 loss and then bounced back for a 25-point performance in Game 2. His shooting is still not where it needs to be but if he can get to the line consistently, he’ll be able to put a ton of pressure on the opposition. Singletary will need help from the talented roster of Mono. Malcolm White, Romeo Travis, Tyler Lamb, and Freddie Lish can each have a huge scoring output that can ultimately dictate the outcome of the game.
The winner between the Knights and Mono Vampire will take on the Singapore Slingers in a best-of-five series for the ABL title.