FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
The Dreamers looked sloppy and sluggish.
The Taiwanese team lacked team cohesion in their opening night loss. There was ample spacing on the floor, but not enough movement as players were caught napping on the perimeter whenever Lenny Daniel or Jaleel Cousins had the ball in their hands. In addition, the Dreamers also committed 14 turnovers that led to 17 points for the Knights.
Freddie Goldstein turned in a gritty, all-around game.
Despite going just 6-21 from the field, including 2-10 from beyond the arc, Freddie Goldstein was still able to pour in 14 points with two assists, while only committing three turnovers. The real difference was his activity on the defensive end. The 5’10 guard finished second on the team with eight boards while also nabbing himself four steals, including a crucial one late in the game that he converted into an easy bucket, halting a Dreamers rally and pretty much shutting the door on the game.
Movement and pace of the Knight’s offense.
The Knights established a frantic pace early on. Mario Wuysang paved the way in finding teammates out on the open floor, finishing with a team-high seven assists, while Sandy Kurniawan was the beneficiary of good Knight ball movement, converting on 3 of 4 (75%) from beyond the arc. Collectively as a whole, the team turned in 18 fast break points as opposed to just 12 from the Dreamers.
CLS Knight’s bench and locals stepped up big.
World import Brian Williams left the game and didn’t return after an awkward landing off a Duke Crews lob which he finished late in the second quarter. Crews was also hurt on that same play but returned in the second half, only to go down once again later in the third quarter, ending his night. The bench stepped up big in their absences even with the height disparity. A collective team effort on the defensive side of collapsing into the paint didn’t make life much easier for the Dreamers’ Daniel or Cousins as they were met with double and triple teams whenever they touched the ball. Offensively, the Knights’ bench outscored their opposition 39-16, led by Gemilang’s 14.
A lack of showing from Dreamer’s heritage imports.
World Import forward Lenny Daniel finished the game with a solid performance of 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal while American center Jaleel Cousins contributed a double-double in his ABL debut with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks. Conversely, Taiwanese-British forward Charles Barratt and Filipino-Canadian guard/forward James Forrester were non-factors in the Dreamers lost. Forrester finished with seven points on 3-7 shooting from the field in just over 17 minutes of game action. The biggest surprise was the near absence of Barratt as he saw just 16 seconds of floor time, barely scratching the stat sheet with one rebound.