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Knights Hold Off Mono Vampire In Physical Game 1 - Apr 22, 2019


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Maxie Esho
The intense semifinals matchup between the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia and Mono Vampire Basketball Club certainly lived up to the billing. After the dust settled, it was the fourth-seed Knights who came out with an 86-77 victory, Sunday night at GOR Kertajaya in Surabaya. Maxie Esho (206-F/C-91, college: Massachusetts, agency: Two Points) laid the groundwork with 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals. But it was the brilliant play of two locals that placed Indonesia just one win away from entering the ABL Finals. Brandon Jawato poured in 18 points, including 8-for-8 from the free throw line and Arif Hidayat (184-PG-91) had a sensational game of 11 points off the bench. The headstrong guard was a burst of energy, going 4-for-4 from the field while adding, six assists and three steals. Jawato and Hidayat were the catalysts of a 17-2 run to close out the third period that gave the Knights a 63-48 cushion. The duo conspired for 15 points in the quarter's last four and a half minutes that changed the momentum of the contest. The game-changing run was punctuated by a dunk from Esho to close out the third. After Sandy Kurniawan's 3-pointer gave Indonesia a 19-point lead with seven minutes remaining, the Knights were ready to cruise to a dominant win. However, the Mono Vampire proved to be resilient and persevering, just as they have shown in the regular season when they pushed their way to the eighth-seed. The score read 81-63 with three minutes left, but the Thailand squad went on a 10-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back triples from Chitchai Ananti (194-G/F-90). Tempers flared in the final minute as Jawato and Nopporn Saengtong (189-PF-83) figured in a scuffle while going down the court. The two were ejected after getting slapped with a disqualifying foul each. The altercation was a product of back-and-forth physical play from the two proud teams in playoff action. Even though Mono Vampire made a significant run in the closing moments, the Knights had enough cushion. A free throw by Esho and a layup from Wei Wong Long put the final nail on the coffin, giving the home team an 11-point lead with 17 ticks left on the clock. Romeo Travis (198-PF-84, college: Akron) had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds for Mono while Freddie Lish provided 15 points off the bench. Veteran forward Tyler Lamb (196-G-91, college: LBSU) returned to the lineup after suffering a hamstring injury and he tallied nine points. Mono was missing the production of Mike Singletary. He did have 12 rebounds and six dimes but the team's leading scorer only mustered nine points on a woeful 2-for-10 shooting clip. The two teams battled in a highly-physical matchup that resulted into a combined 40 attempts from the line. In the end, however, it was the Knights' 10-for-27 shooting from beyond the arc and the 20 assists that gave them the win. Mono Vampire won the rebounding battle 47-38 but their 16 turnovers did not help their cause. Game 2 is set this Wednesday, April 24, at Stadium 29, in Nonthaburi, Thailand. The Knights are hopeful for a ticket to the finals while Mono will be looking to extend the series.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com   




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ASEAN League Standings
 1 Formosa D. 19-7 
 2 SM Beermen 18-8 
 3 Singapore S. 16-10 
 4 CLS Knights 15-11 
 5 Saigon H. 14-12 
 6 Macau 14-12 
 7 Hong Kong ELL 13-13 
 8 Mono Vampire 11-15 
 9 Westports MD 8-18 
 10 Zhuhai 2-24 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mikh MCKINNEY
  Macau
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. McKinney, Macau26.8 
 2. Balkman, SM Be.25.6 
 3. Tucker, Macau25.3 
 4. Singletary, Mono V.24.1 
 5. Elliott, Hong K.22.8 
 6. Esho, CLS Knights22.4 
 7. Bassett, Hong K.22.3 
 8. Watkins, Macau21.8 
 9. Miller, Formosa D.21.8 
 10. Fields, Singapore S.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan WATKINS
  Macau
  (206-C/F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Watkins, Macau14.8 
 2. Deguara, Hong K.13.6 
 3. Barone, Saigon H.13.0 
 4. Bell, Zhuhai12.9 
 5. Ramos, SM Beermen12.6 
 6. Fields, Singapore S.12.4 
 7. Travis, Mono V.11.7 
 8. Shepard, Westport.11.4 
 9. Artino, Formosa D.10.7 
 10. Watkins, CLS K.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  Macau
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Tucker, Macau9.9 
 2. Brickman, Mono V.8.9 
 3. Alexander, Singapor.8.0 
 4. Herring-Jr, CLS K.7.7 
 5. McKinney, Macau6.9 
 6. Bassett, Hong K.6.8 
 7. Miller, Formosa D.6.0 
 8. Alvano, SM Beermen5.9 
 9. Shepard, Westport.5.7 
 10. Hughes, Saigon H.5.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Saigon H.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hughes, Saigon H.3.0 
 2. Herring-Jr, CLS K.2.4 
 3. Young, Singapore S.2.4 
 4. McKinney, Macau2.0 
 5. Eversley, Westport.2.0 
 6. Singletary, Mono V.1.9 
 7. Watkins, Macau1.9 
 8. Alexander, Singapor.1.9 
 9. Brickman, Mono V.1.8 
 10. Glass, Formosa D.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael BELL
  Zhuhai
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bell, Zhuhai1.8 
 2. Hamilton, Saigon H.1.6 
 3. Fields, Singapore S.1.6 
 4. Artino, Formosa D.1.5 
 5. Deguara, Hong K.1.5 
 6. Egwu, Westports MD1.3 
 7. Barone, Saigon H.1.3 
 8. White, Mono V.1.3 
 9. Watkins, CLS K.1.3 
 10. Balkman, SM Be.1.2 
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