The CLS Knights squeaked out a 99-95 triumph over the Singapore Slingers in their meeting inside of OCBC Arena.
The Indonesian squad looked determined for victory, as they kept Singapore at bay for most of the ball game and even built a 15-point lead at the 7:00 mark of the third frame courtesy of a Douglas Herring basket.
But the home team weren’t going to go down without a fight as they mounted a comeback in the game’s final quarter, nearly stealing a victory. Like many instances before, Xavier Alexander spearheaded the Slingers’ charge as he mustered together 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Jerran Young was able to force an overtime period after hitting two free throws following a Darryl Watkins foul with 11 seconds remaining in regulation which tied up the score at 88 points apiece. A Herring three-point attempt at the end of the fourth quarter ultimately missed its mark, setting up the extra session for the team sides.
In the extra period, it was a balanced attack from the vistors which proved to be decisive as they outscored the hosts 11-7.
Four Knights players scored in double figures, led by Herring’s 36 points. Maxie Esho was the next highest scorer on the visitor’s side with 29 points, followed by 17 from Brandon Jawato and 12 from Darryl Watkins.
On the contrary, the Slingers only had two players hit double digits as Jerran Young extracted 41 points while Xavier Alexander finished with 32.
The CLS Knights (13-11) will next play hosts to the Saigon Heat on March 13 while the Singapore Slingers (13-9) will hit the road for a matchup against Westports Malaysia Dragons in Kuala Lumpur on March 15.
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