Moses Morgan of the Mono Vampire Basketball Club has been in the ABL long enough to know that getting into the playoffs is one thing, but winning in the postseason is a whole different challenge altogether.
Now on his fourth year in the league, Morgan has been in the playoffs for the past three seasons as a member of the Saigon Heat. However, he didn’t get a chance to experience a single playoff victory since he came into the league.
All that changed last Sunday when Mono got the 83-80 road victory against the top-seeded Formosa Dreamers.
“It feels good,” he said with a mixture of relief and excitement on his first postseason win. “It feels good to be a part of a group of guys that want to win. How they had my back tonight with me not shooting the ball well tonight. They just stayed on my ear.”
Morgan started the game and logged in 31 minutes as World Import Malcolm White had to serve a one-game suspension. The Thai-American forward contributed just nine points on a woeful 4-for-13 shooting clip. Despite him struggling on the field, he delivered the go-ahead basket for his team with 33 seconds remaining. He received a beautiful pass from Michael Singletary on the break and he was able to give his team the lead for good against the Dreamers.
“Like I said being able to be with a group of guys like this that want to win, being with an organization that wants to win, it means a lot. It feels really good,” he shared.
It has been a unique season for the 27-year-old Morgan. In his first three years in the league, he was a focal point for Saigon’s offense as a Heritage Import. Last season, he put up career numbers of 16.6 points on 41 percent shooting alongside 6.6 rebounds per game. His role has drastically changed when he became a local for Mono Vampire. His regular season numbers of 7.7 points on 34 percent shooting and 3.3 rebounds are all career-lows for him. He’s also down to 21 minutes per games – a far cry from playing nearly 35 minutes last year. And given Mono’s loaded roster, he was relegated to the bench for most of the season.
But for Morgan, being the veteran that he is, he accepted the challenge of providing offense for Mono’s second unit.
“It’s not a big transition,” Morgan said, mentioning that he was simply adjusting to what former head coach Douglas Marty was asking of him.
“I just wanted to be ready, be able to step up, provide for the team and do what I need to do for the team.”
With White returning into the lineup for Game 2, Morgan will most likely come off the bench once again. Still, he remains focus at the task at hand: helping Mono get to the semifinals.
“Just playing hard, man,” he said on what they need to do close out the series. “Just sticking to the scouting report, doing all the little things that we need to do. “If we can just do what we did tonight, get defensive stop down the stretch, be able to make free throws and make big plays, I think we should be fine.”
After getting his playoff victory, Moses Morgan is hungry for more.