The CLS Knights of Indonesia host Mono Vampire Basketball Club, in a battle of two teams facing difficult times early in the ABL season.
The Knights are losers of three straight games, the latest being blasted by the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. The team struggled to hang with the firepower of Alab, and thus were left in the dust early in the game.
The Knights didn’t know what to expect facing the new look Alab squad, and as a result they were decimated from the beginning via a 94-67 defeat on the road. The Knights failed to stop the transition attack of Alab Pilipinas, giving up 18 fastbreak points. They were also outclassed in the assists department, as Alab Pilipinas had 33 assists compared to only 18 for the visiting squad. After a strong opening game win, it’s clear the Knights still have a lot of work to do.
The Indonesia-based squad may have lost big, but Stephen Hurt still put in a good account of himself with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the contest. Hurt will have a chance to bounce back against a Mono Vampire squad that doesn’t have a lot of size in the middle aside from Chris Charles.
Mono Vampire on the other hand came close to defeating the Formosa Dreamers, with new World Import Chris Charles manning the middle. However they were unable to execute down the stretch, missing some key baskets that could have changed the outlook of the contest. As a result, they dropped a 71-66 decision to the undefeated Formosa squad.
Mono Vampire trailed for a long time in the contest against the undefeated Formosa Dreamers, but they were able to mount a last ditch comeback down the stretch. They came so close to completing the rally, but a goaltend call on Charles and a missed triple by Singletary doomed them to their third loss in a row.
Mike Singletary slid to his natural position at the Forward spot, and he looked much more comfortable as a result. He finished with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, and had a chance to tie the game if he had made a clutch triple in the dying seconds. But with the players now at their best positions, Singletary should be ready to roll moving forward.
The Knights have a chance to end their losing skid, while Mono Vampire can claim their first win of the season. Which squad will return to the winning column?