Maxie Esho was one of the last players to leave GSB Stadium 29 last Wednesday after the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia lost Game 2 against the Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
The Mono Vampire carved out a 79-71 win and Esho did all he could with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.
“I felt like we didn’t execute,” he simply said, mentioning that he and his team allowed their opponent to get a ton of offensive rebounds and opportunities at the charity stripe.
He looked exhausted and tired, but not defeated. As he walked out of the gym, remained confident that his team can bounce back.
“Stay together,” he simply said on what the Knights need to do in Game 3. “We need to use each and every one of us – to the people who don’t play to the people who play the most minutes.”
“We all need each other equally to win this. If so, we win this one, and eventually, win the next series. Just gotta stick to each other, trust each other,” he went on.
One of the players that the Knights are counting on is Brandon Jawato who will return from his one-game suspension. Jawato scored 18 points and was one of the factors why the Knights were able to pull away in Game 1.
“I’m happy for him to be back. It’s a huge loss because he’s been one of our key players, part of our starting five,” Esho said on his teammate. “[He] brings a lot to the table, energy, gets to the hole a lot. It hurt us a lot not having him.”
The Knights are on the cusp of becoming the fourth Indonesian team to reach the ABL Finals. Esho will look to lead his team to the promise land this Sunday.
“You can expect everything you always see from me. I just play the game the right way,” he confidently said.
“Hopefully we can finish this off in Surabaya.”