FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
Singapore’s frenetic start.
The visiting Singapore Slingers opened up Sunday evening’s game with a bang, as the hosts had no answers for starters Christien Charles and Han Bin Ng in the first quarter. The former went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field for 12 points, while the latter slightly trailed his world import teammate percentage-wise, missing just a single shot at 5-of-6 shooting, but was able to hit four triples to finish the quarter with 14. By the end of the opening period, the Knights had already dug themselves a 14-point hole, being down 21-35.
Forgettable night for Knight imports.
Aside from starting world import center Brian Williams (more on him later), the CLS Knights’ other imports had woeful shooting nights which translated into sub-par production. The usually reliable ASEAN import Freddie Lish was only able to chip in a total of nine points, six rebounds, three assists, and two turnovers on 3-of-10 shooting from the field, which included going 0-of-4 from three-point land. World import Decorey Jones was even worse, shooting just 3-of-14 from the field, good for 21 percent. He would finish with seven points, six rebounds, three assists, and three turnovers.
Capitalizing on turnovers.
The Indonesian side was outpaced in the turnovers department, committing six more than the Slingers at 19-13. With the disparity in giveaways, the Singaporean-side was able to turn that into 19 points, 10 more than what the Knights were able to convert. Additionally, Singapore was also able to collectively nab themselves 10 steals, three more than what the Knights were able to produce at just seven.
On the edge of triple-doubles.
Getting back to Brian Williams, who was one of the few bright spots from the home squad, the Knights’ world import center had himself a productive night, finishing with 19 points, one shy of Mario Wuysang’s team-high of 20, on 5-of-7 shooting. Though not as efficient from the charity stripe, where the brunt of his scoring came (8-15, 53%), Williams also hauled in 15 boards while dishing out nine assists, just one shy of a triple-double.
On the other side, the Slingers’ Xavier Alexander always seems to come close to notching a triple-double when he’s actually not putting one under his belt, as he finished with 22 points, despite just shooting 28 percent from the field (4-14), seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block.
Indonesia’s continued downward spiral.
The CLS Knights continued their slump, losing their sixth game in a row, and are just one loss away from being tied with the Formosa Dreamers for the worst record in the league (although they hold a tie-breaker over the Dreamers by way of their opening night victory). During that stretch, the Knights have also dropped three straight games to the Singapore Slingers, two of which have come at home. They’ll need to find a way to right their ship very soon if they hope to salvage what’s left of their season at this point.