Chong Son Kug Fu continued their winning ways, as they won over the CLS Knights Indonesia 100-75 for their third straight win in the ongoing ABL season.
Bannered by a dominant performance from World Import Justin Howard as well as another sweet shooting night from Heritage Import Mikh McKinney, Chong Son picked up their second win in as many nights, extending their mastery over the Knights in the Nanhai Gym in China.
McKinney paced the Kung Fu with 23 points on 10/14 shooting, highlighted by 3/5 from the three point area. He also tallied 6 rebounds and 3 steals in a well-rounded performance for his squad.
The Knights were undermanned in the contest, as they missed the services of two key players in World Import Brian Williams and new Heritage Import Keith Jensen. Williams served a one-game suspension due to technical fouls accumulated, while Jensen had problems securing a visa to play in China. As a result, majority of the touches were given to Freddie Lish and Shane Edwards.
For the first half, that formula would prove successful. Chong Son Kung Fu was led by Anthony in the first period, as the World Import got off Kung Fu to a fine start, via a 29-18 advantage after the first quarter. Lish kept his team in the game, sprinkling nine points in the first period alone.
The Knights would get inch closer in the second quarter, as back to back dunks by Edwards at the 3 minute mark stopped any notion of Chong Son pulling away in the game. He Chongren would give Chong Son a strong finish to the quarter, as he nailed a triple with 1:42 remaining, as well as a layup with 50 seconds left in the quarter. The Knights would trail by nine points, 46-37 at the half.
That would prove to be the final glimmer of hope for the Knights, as Kung Fu dominated the third quarter. Chong Son outscored CLS 34-21 in the period, behind stellar shooting from Luo Yongxuan and Mikh McKinney. The two gunners combined for 5 triples in the quarter alone, highlighted by back to back treys from Luo in the final 1:19 of the quarter.
A jumper from McKinney at the 7:24 would give Chong Son a 30 point lead in the fourth quarter, 90-60. With the game firmly in their grasp, Chongson Coach Charles Dube-Brais was able to rest his starters, giving local players Liu Zankun and Song Shuai the opportunity to close things out.
Howard registered another double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds in the victory, while Luo came off the bench to sink 4 triples, en route to 12 points for Chong Son.
Lish led the way for the Knights with a season-high 29 points, 3 rebound and 3 assists. Edwards chipped in with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Chong Son would cruise to the victory, as the Knights saw their two game winning streak snapped. The win brings Chong Son to a 9-2 record, trailing Hong Kong Eastern by one game. The Knights drop to 3-8, at 7th place overall.