The Mono Vampire Basketball Club will be fighting for their season in Game 2 of their semifinals matchup against the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia this Wednesday at Stadium 29 in Thailand.
Game 1 was an intense physical matchup between the two proud squads with the fourth-seed Knights coming away with an 86-77 victory over the eighth-seed Mono Vampire in Indonesia. Maxie Esho led all scorers with 21 points.
The Indonesians outscored their opponent 23-8 in the third quarter that shifted the momentum of the contest. Locals Brandon Jawato and Arif Hidayat instigated that run. Jawato finished with 18 points and five boards while Hidayat was a pristine 4-for-4 from the field for 11 points. For Mono Vampire, Romeo Travis collected a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
But the Knights did not go unscathed. They allowed Mono Vampire to get back in the ball game late in the fourth quarter. Although the Knights had enough cushion in the end, they allowed Mono to gain confidence. Furthermore, the altercation between Jawato and Nopporn Saengtong might hurt them in the long run. The two got into each other under a minute remaining and as a result, both were ejected. And because they were hit with a disqualifying foul each, they will be suspended for Game 2. Jawato, who’s the top local scorer for Indonesia, will be missed for the second game in Thailand.
Mono Vampire can capitalize on their home court. They will sorely need the production of Tyler Lamb, Malcolm White, and their main man Michael Singletary. Lamb returned to action after his one-game absence due to injury. Though he did have nine points, he was responsible for five turnovers. White had 10 points but he only had five rebounds. And as for Singletary, the top gun for Mono, coughed up nine points on 2-for-10 shooting. He had 12 rebounds and six assists, but he needs to put more points on the board for Game 2.
The Knights are now one win away from not only sweeping Mono Vampire, but more importantly, from entering the ABL Finals to face the Singapore Slingers. But Mono Vampire, who have shown their resiliency throughout the season, will be leaving it out on the floor in an attempt to extend the series.