FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
Too much Lamb sauce.
While the heritage import had a short break since their first defeat, he came back to life against the visiting Knights. Tyler Lamb led his team to a strong 16-0 start, drilling two deep shots during the run. There was basically no one from the CLS Knights that could stop Lamb in scoring buckets, allowing him to make half of his 14 shots from rainbow country. As the final buzzer sounded, he finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds along with 10 assists, a triple double performance to remind everyone of his presence.
Perhaps one of the reasons why the CLS Knights are currently suffering a 8-game losing streak is due to their unorganized offense. Although they have Mario Wuysang as their starting point guard, most of their runs and plays seem rather messy, where communication among players look clearly broken. Missing the service of Duke Crews is having a larger impact on the team than we all initially expected, but until then, the Knights will have to figure out how to get back on the winning track.
Local Eastern combo.
Lee Ki did his usual damage from the perimeter, shooting 4-of-7 and scoring 12 points as a starter. However, his teammate Lau Tsz Lai also shined in this game, repaying his coach’s trust by drilling in five long bombs off the bench. The task given to Lau was simple: get the ball and shoot with confidence. He finished up the game with 15 points, giving Eastern a much-needed boost ahead of their coming match against the Saigon Heat.
Another triple-double, another record-setting night.
Reigning World Import MVP Marcus Elliott had yet another stellar performance in front of his home crowd fans. His shooting was super-efficient (81 percent FG%) from the field, making all of his two points shots (8-of-8) in the paint. With his 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, he recorded another triple double in his ABL career. To make the night more special, this was the first time a team had two players record triple-double in a single match in ABL history.
Time for adjustment.
Newly arrived Shane Edwards clearly needs more time to practice and glue with his new teammates before their next game in Taiwan. The NBA and G-League alumni only managed to make six baskets (31 percent FG%) in his ABL debut, recording only 15 points, six boards and three dimes. In fact, he was awarded 10 free throws, but only made two of them, making the away team’s situation worse. It’s still too early to judge Edwards by just one game, but he has to step up his game this coming Sunday.