The BTN CLS Knights Indonesia finally ended their three-game losing slide and in the process halted the winning streak of Mono Vampire as they took home a 109-102 victory, at the GOR Basket Kertajaya, Surabaya, Saturday night.
The game was tightly contested as Mono Vampire was hot on the heels of the Knights in the team standings and it was only fitting that it went into overtime.
The home team looked like they were about to win the game in regulation after two free throws from Wong Wei Long gave them a 92-86 victory but Mono Vampire fought back with Moses Morgan completing an and-one play followed by a steal from Romeo Travis that Mike Singletary turned into a three-point shot with only four seconds to go to force overtime.
In the extra period, however, the locals powered an 8-0 run for the Knights with Febri Utomo hitting a layup, which was his only basket of the match, followed by threes from Wei Long and Brandon Jawato.
Tyler Lamb connected with a triple for Mono Vampire with 40 seconds remaining in the overtime period to trim the Knights’ lead to three, 105-102 but back-to-back dunks from Maxie Esho put the game away for the home squad as they moved up to an even .500 with 10 wins and 10 losses.
Mono Vampire is now firmly behind the Knights and the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the race for the final playoff spots with five wins against 13 losses.
Esho had a gigantic performance for the desperate Knights with 37 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists while Douglas Herring also had a double-double with 26 points, six rebounds, and 11 assists while adding five steals.
Singletary did his best to lead the attack for Mono Vampire with 29 points while Travis flirted with a triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists. The problem for the Thai team was their dominant big man Malcolm White was hampered with foul trouble all game long as he only had six points and four rebounds, fouling out with still more than six minutes remaining in the fourth period.