Hi-Tech Basketball Club has been on an absolute romp this season in the Thailand Basketball Super League.
Save for a few close games, most of their 16 victories came in the form of landslides. The team ended the regular season with an average winning margin of 25 points against the field.
Head coach Chris Daleo has shown a lot of confidence in his wards, but is still wary of the competition they are about to face in the postseason.
“All four clubs are tough and each of them have a great chance to win it all. We just have to concentrate on what can do and work on cleaning up some things,” said Daleo, who is preparing the team as they are set to face number four seed Madgoat Basketball Club in the best-of-three semifinals.
“They are a tough team, and (Taylor) Statham is such a great scorer who can put up points in a wide variety of ways. We really have to look at that.”
“The game is all about making the right adjustments, but we’re more focused on us and what we can control,” chimes in guard Avery Scharer, adding he is excited to return to the playoffs once again. “Should be a fun and exciting series.”
“They (Madgoat) have been playing very well these past few games, so we need to be very prepared. Just because we swept the eliminations doesn’t mean we can be comfortable,” adds running-mate Jeff Viernes. “We need to work even harder in the playoff semifinals, especially since it is only a best-of-three. We need to give our best and play to our team’s strengths.”
After a flawless 16-0 regular season, can Hi-Tech continue their winning streak in the playoffs and potentially to the championship?
“That’s a tall order,” admits Daleo. “My biggest concern is preparing my team to give us the best opportunity to win. We won the Thailand Open. Winning the TBSL would be even a great achievement. I really want this group to win, so I have to do everything in my power to prepare them.”
The American head coach wants to lead the former two-time ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Champions to a bounce-back campaign after finishing as runners-up in the Thailand Basketball League (TBL) last year.
“I respect the great winning tradition of Hi-Tech and I want to be a part of that.”