After splitting their first two meetings, the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia and Singapore Slingers face off for the third time this season.
The Knights currently own an 11-10 record, sitting in sixth place in the standings. They are coming off two impressive victories – an overtime win at home versus Mono Vampire and a road win against the Saigon Heat. In their battle in Vietnam, they rode the brilliant performance of Maxie Esho. The former Heat star burned his old team with 28 points, including three triples, and nine rebounds. It was only the third road win for the Indonesian squad and they did it against a team that’s been impressive at home this season. They found their range from the outside and drilled 10 3-pointers while also outrebounding the Heat, 40-37.
Aside from Esho, the Knights also leaned on the duo of Brandon Jawato and Wong Wei Long. The two locals delivered for their squad on the road. After two solid performances, it seems that Wong has regained his shooting touch. He was in a slump during the Knights’ losing streak and now has become a key factor in the team’s past two wins. Jawato meanwhile overcame his 3-for-10 shooting against the Heat by being aggressive all game long. Even though he only scored eight points, he remained a solid contributor both in rebounding and on defense.
The third place Slingers meanwhile have won three in a row, including a sweep of the Straights Cup versus the Westports Malaysia Dragons. They have risen to a 12-7 record, inching closer to second placers Formosa Dreamers.
One of the players to watch out for in the Singaporean side is World Import John Fields. In back-to-back games against the Dragons, the 6-foot-9 center scored 28 points twice and collected a total of 33 rebounds. He’s putting up 23.8 points, 12.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2.0 blocks for the season. He’ll be aiming for another big game against the Knights.
The Slingers are eyeing win number 13 while the Knights look to defend home court and notch their third straight win.