The Singapore Slingers won at home against the CLS Knights 95-76.
Jerran Young scored a career-high 36 points as the Slingers halted the Indonesian club’s seven-game winning streak.
The game started as a back and forth affair and only two points separated both sides at the end of the first quarter.
Two mini runs of 10-0 and 12-2 from the home squad in the beginning and middle of second quarter would see them turn the game in to a blowout right at the half as CLS was already down 20 points.
The Slingers as a team recorded 30 points in the second quarter while limiting their opponents to only 12 markers in the period.
CLS, without their head coach Brian Rowsom (suspension due to technical fouls), could not find any answer for the host’s firepower in the second half.
Slingers eventually won 95-76 and secured its 9th victory of the season to move the third on the standings (9-6).
Singapore forced the visitors to commit 18 turnovers that were taken full advantage of with 24 points while also being extremely efficient in fast break situations, outscoring the Knights 34 to 11 in this category.
Both teams did not shoot the ball particularly well from beyond the arc. Slingers’ five three pointers were all contributed by the game MVP Jerran Young while the record holder for most made outside shots in a game- CLS Knights converted only four out of 18 attempts.
Young had an extraordinary performance OF 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals to go with his 36 points on 62 percent shooting.
Xavier Alexander also had an excellent game with one rebound shy of a triple double (21 points, 12 assists) while John Fields delivered a monster game defensively with a career-high seven blocks and four steals to go along with his double-double of 24 and 13.
On CLS’s side, Maxie Esho recorded team high 20 points and 13 boards while Doug Herring and Daryl Watkins put up 19 and 18 respectively. Wong Wei Long in his return to the OCBC Arena was a disappointment with only four markers (0-5 FG).
Both teams will travel to Bangkok for their next matchup against the Mono Vampire basketball club. Slingers will face the last season runners-up on February 6, while the Knights will play the Thai squad on the 9th.
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