The top seeded Chong Son Kung Fu will look to extend their series and Finals hopes as they go on the road and take on Mono Vampire Basketball Club in Game 2 of the Semifinals.
Mono Vampire handed Chong Son Kung Fu a 104-93 loss, their first defeat in their homecourt all season long. Chong Son Kung Fu was in firm control for the first quarter, but things just fell apart when Mono Vampire went on a tear in the second quarter, knocking down triple after triple. The result was a a 19-0 run, as well as a double digit advantage heading into the half. Chong Son cannot afford to have another let down on defense if they want to extend their ABL season and send this to a Game 3.
The big difference for Mono Vampire was the brilliant play of Heritage Import Jason Brickman. He shifted into another gear as they Playoffs arrived. He scored a season high 25 points while also distributing the ball beautifully with 15 assists en route to the convincing win. If Brickman will keep scoring at this pace, it’s going to be tough to stop Mono Vampire.
Mike Singletary did his usual scoring damage in the win against Chong Son Kung Fu, recording a team high 29 points. Singletary’s contributions in other aspects of the game can’t be understated though, as he was also more than willing to move the ball around, en route to 5 assists in the game.
If there was one person who was missing in Chong Son Kung Fu’s loss, it was Heritage Import Caelan Tiongson. He had solid supporting stats, but they missed his versatile scoring attack, finishing with only 4 points on 2/10 field goals. And his struggles were only magnified further by the great game of Mono Vampire’s Paul Zamar. The Filipino Heritage Import was red hot from beyond the arc, making four triples in the contest to finish with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He provided the perfect escape valve for Mike Singletary and Sam Deguara in the paint.
Despite the disadvantage, Mikh McKinney battled for Chong Son Kung Fu until the bitter end. McKinney did his best to revive Chong Son’s chances with a stellar fourth quarter surge, but he just ran out of time in the end. However he did finish with a stellar game of 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Look for McKinney to come out more aggressively in Game 2 with his team on the ropes.
Justin Howard, the man in the middle for Chong Son Kung Fu, has made a great case as one of the best imports in ABL history because of his longevity and effectivity. With his 20 points in Game 1, Howard became the first player in ABL history to score 2,000 career points. It’s a great milestone for the veteran, and a testament to how effective he has been through the years in the ABL.
Chong Son absorbed their first home loss of the season, and now they’ll need to win in hostile territory to send it to a do-or-die Game 3. Will they able to overcome the odds?