The CLS Knights Indonesia established their first winning streak of the season after putting up a gallant stand at home to upset the Macau Black Bears, 105-78.
It took a record-breaking feat by the Knights to help them claim their second win in a row as they seemed to be throwing rocks into the sea, making 22 out of 38 shots from deep (57 percent) for the most threes made in an ABL game.
Banking on a strong opening quarter, the Knights weathered every run the Black Bears attempted during the first half, going into intermission with an eight-point lead. The home squad had an even better third quarter, blowing the game wide open to build a 35-point lead entering the final period.
On the other hand, the usually prolific Black Bears who only shot 27 percent from long distance.
Maxie Esho once again led the way for the Knights with his 25 points and 11 boards, while Darryl Watkins added 15 and 10. Douglas Herring was also impressive for the Knights with 19 assists to go with nine points and five steals.
Locals Wong Wei Long and Brandon Jawato stepped up in the victory. Former two-time local MVP Wong had a vintage outing with 22 points and seven assists, while rookie Jawato had one of his best offensive performances with 17.
After having an explosive 43-point outing during their previous game, Anthony Tucker had an average night with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Mikh McKinney led all scorers with 29 points. Ryan Wright added 18 points of his own in the loss.
Macau (6-3) remains in solo second place after the loss, while the CLS Knights improve to a 4-7 card, but stay grounded at 8th. Both teams return home on January 16 as the CLS Knights host the Formosa Dreamers, while the Black Bears face off against Hong Kong Eastern in Macau.
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