FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
Slingers World Import Bounced Back
After a lackluster season debut last week where he had an off shooting night, Xavier Alexander had a solid bounce back game against the Knights where he had 26 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Canadian big man Ryan Wright added 21 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots.
The Knights ran out of gas
After leading by as much as 10 points to open the fourth quarter, the Knights were outscored by the Slingers 19-8 in the closing period. They simply looked gassed and could not buy a basket during the end game. Coach Koko Heru Setyo Nugroho needs to be able to rely on his bench players to spare the starters some rest.
Perhaps also a by-product of them being tired, the CLS Knights committed 15 turnovers to eight for the Slingers. Those mishaps for the Knights also translated into a total of 19 turnover points scored by the Singapore squad.
Knights locals went M.I.A.
Aside from veteran point guard Mario Wuysang, no other Knight managed to score double figures. The Indonesian club’s locals tallied only 20 points in total, as opposed to the impressive 51-points they had during their opening game at home against the Formosa Dreamers last week.
Heritage Imports Roles
Thai-American guard Freddie Lish (AKA Freddie Goldstein) had a much better field goal percentage for this game for the Knights but him scoring 16 points was somehow still not enough to get them through. Meanwhile, Slingers counterpart Fil-Canadian AJ Mandani still struggled to find his shot in his second outing but it mattered less as his squad was able to pull out the victory. Both players are still expected to be relied on by their respective teams if they are to find success.