The last time the Wolf Warriors and BTN CLS Knights Indonesia clashed, it turned out to be the very first victory from the latest expansion team from China.
This Sunday at GOR Kertajaya in Surabaya, Indonesia, these two teams go at it again under different circumstances.
The Knights have been on a tear, winning their last four ball games. They are in the midst of a five-game homestand and have won their last three games at home, beating the Macau Black Bears, Formosa Dreamers, and Singapore Slingers. They currently own a 6-7 record and have shown no signs of slowing down.
Interestingly, the loss suffered by the Knights against the Wolf Warriors was a wake-up call of sorts. After that humbling defeat, they changed two of their World Imports and signed Douglas Herring and Darryl Watkins. Since facing the Wolf Warriors, the Knights have won four of their last five games.
Wong Wei Long has been one of the catalysts of Indonesia’s meteoric rise. The former two-time Local MVP has found his shooting stroke midway through the season. He is coming off an 18-point performance against his former team where he also became the league’s all-time 3-point leader with a total of 215 makes from beyond the arc.
For the struggling Wolf Warriors, they are nursing a four-game skid and sporting a 1-12 record. They recently made a significant change in their roster, acquiring Shawntez Patterson in replace of Eddy Curry. The 6-foot-7 big man posted 20 points and nine rebounds in his first ABL game against Macau.
The team from China got the first win of their maiden season against the Knights last December 19 but have not tasted victory since then.
A lot has changed between the two squads since their earlier meeting. The surging Knights are looking for revenge for that loss while the Wolf Warriors hope a repeat of their success.