Mono Vampire are now in the midst of their second 4-game losing streak of the season after taking a 28-point drumming from the CLS Knights.
Coming into their second matchup of the season against the CLS Knights and already shorthanded due to a one-game suspension to World Import Michael Singletary, Mono Vampire simply had no answer for Maxie Esho, both offensively and defensively.
Esho’s game-high of 39 points against Mono is also the Knights big-man’s highest scoring output of the season. Aside from hitting 66 percent of his field goal attempts (14-of-21), including going 5-of-7 from behind the three-point line, the world import was able to put his stamp on just about every facet of the game. Falling just two assists shy of a triple-double, Esho also added 11 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals in 32 minutes of action.
Mono Vampire were able to keep pace with the Knights early on in the first quarter, as the two teams took turns trading baskets, but after a Wong Wei Long three-pointer put his team up by one point with 3:59 left to go in the opening quarter at 18-19, the visitors never trailed again.
Whenever the Thai team looked as if they were gaining traction of chipping away at their deficit, the Indonesian side always had a response, with many coming from behind the perimeter. As a whole, the visitors outshot the home side from beyond the arc, converting on 13-of-27 attempts for 44 percent, while Mono only hit 6-of-29 attempts for 20 percent from long range.
It also didn’t help that the Vampire came out of the halftime break flat. The team went nearly six minutes without scoring a single basket, let alone, a single point, and were outscored 24-12 in the third period.
The final result was a 110-82 win in favor of the CLS Knights, their largest margin of victory on the season.
All five of the Knights’ starters scored in double figures. Following Esho’s game-high, Darryl Watkins finished with 18 points, Wong Wei Long with 10, and Douglas Herring and Brandon Jawato chipped in 16 points apiece.
For Mono Vampire, World Import Malcolm White led the way with 25 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and four blocks while Freddie Lish contributed 15 points off the bench. No other Vampire player scored in double figures.
Mono Vampire’s next game will be on the road against the Singapore Slingers on January 13, while the CLS Knights will host the Macau Black Bears on that same day.
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