The BTN CLS Knights Indonesia look to advance to the semifinals while the Saigon Heat fight for their playoff lives this Wednesday at the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City in Game 2 of their quarterfinals matchup.
In Game 1 last Saturday, it was all about the Knights. They lit up the scoreboard right from the opening tip and the Heat were not able to recover. The home team shot 14 triples and kept their foot on the gas pedal all game long.
As much as the offense was clicking, the Knights’ defense also proved to be just as instrumental. They limited their opponent to just 37 percent field goal shooting and forced 23 turnovers.
Maxie Esho burned his former team with a strong performance on both ends of the floor. He put up 24 points, six rebounds, and nabbed four steals. His three straight shots from beyond the arc in the first quarter opened the flood gates to an incredible shooting performance from the entire Knights squad. Esho ended up with six triples – the most he’s had this season.
For the Heat, the duo of De Angelo Hamilton and Kyle Barone did all they could with a combined 25-point effort. However, they’ll need more production if they want to take Game 2. Barone scores 20 points per game while Hamilton can go for 17. They need to be more aggressive at home.
A missing ingredient for the Heat was Trevon Hughes. He mustered only six points and could not get his 3-pointer to go as he went 0-for-7 from deep.
The Heat have played well at the CIS Arena, losing only thrice in 13 games. Their home court will be tested against a fiery Knights squad.
Can the Knights close out and advance or will the Heat extend the series?