The Mono Warriors defended their ground against Hi-Tech Basketball Club, earning a 76-70 victory in Game 2 of the Thailand Professional Basketball League (TPBL) Finals.
Both teams came out firing following the opening tip, setting a tone for the game that it would be a hard-fought, see-saw battle. In a tightly contested first period, it was a Teerawat Chantachon lay-up which gave the Warriors a slim 22-21 lead heading into the second quarter.
Despite a resilient effort by Hi-Tech to regain control of the lead throughout the second quarter, the local combination of Chantachon and Chitchai Ananti thwarted those attempts, helping give the Warriors a six-point advantage going into the halftime break.
The reliable import duo of Xavier Alexander and John Fields led Hi-Tech to a quick 9-2 run to start off the third quarter, with the former’s all-around performance throughout the period ensuring his team went into the final quarter trailing by only four points at 57-53.
However, Mike Singletary and Ananti took turns carrying their team’s offensive load down the stretch, and the Warriors ultimately secured a 76-70 win to even the series at one game apiece in front of its home fans.
Although Singletary led the Warriors in Game 2, finishing with 22 points and 18 rebounds, it was perhaps the contributions of Ananti which had a greater impact on the outcome as he finished with 17 points and three steals.
On the other side, Hi-Tech was paced by Alexander’s 28 points and 10 rebounds, but the team, as a whole, committed 25 turnovers.
“Pei (Ananti) has been huge for us all finals,” Singletary remarked about the long-time Mono local following the end of Game 2. “Love the way he’s playing and if we’re going to win it, then he is going to be a huge reason why.”
The team leader also stressed the importance of playing good basketball at both ends of the floor if the Warriors are to be successful against Hi-Tech come the series deciding game.
“We just need to keep playing defense and be better on the offensive end,” added the American import. “We gotta play good basketball for 40 minutes and play our style.”
Game 3 of the TPBL Finals is slated for 18:00 (local time) September 7 at Hi-Tech Gymnasium Tung-Kru.
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