In their first outing, the Singapore Slingers proved to be too much for the CLS Knights Indonesia, who were then still trying to get a feel for what it’s like to compete on the road. As the two teams match up again in Indonesia this time, expect a much closer ball game as the Knights have proven that they are a different team when buoyed by the cheers of their rambunctious crowd.
Both CLS and Singapore suffered losses to defending ABL champions Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team prior to this matchup. And since both games ended up being close, the same is expected in this game.
CLS had the victory in their hands as they led by 10 points in the latter half of the fourth quarter against Hong Kong Eastern but they left the door open for a late-game surge and the champs took full advantage.
Dazed and confused, the Knights barely put up a fight in the overtime period, scoring only a single basket in the additional five minutes to suffer their third straight loss.
Singapore is not that too far ahead of them at 2-3 as they also dropped a tight one in their last ball game.
The matchup between the imports would be very interesting between these two clubs as CLS went with the norm by getting a center while Singapore went with a big and a do-it-all wingman. The matchups and cross-matchups between Brian Williams against Ryan Wright and Xavier Alexander will be crucial to the determining the result of the game. CLS have also released Evan Brock and will be replacing him with DeCorey Jones.
Coach Neo Beng Siang has locals such as Delvin Goh and Russel Low who can defend CLS’s traditional bigs but the Knights might not have a local answer for Alexander.
The three-year ABL veteran has been a matchup nightmare for the opposing teams as he drops 22.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 7.8 assists on average per game.
The Slingers, on the other end, need to make sure that Williams has a body on him whenever a shot goes up as the hulking import grabbed 32 rebounds in their last game to set a new ABL record. He’s currently averaging 16.8 points, 16.5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game.
The guard play will also be interesting as AJ Mandani has gained his rhythm in the past couple of games for the Slingers while veteran Mario Wuysang is still searching for the old stroke that helped make him an ABL Local MVP before.