The CLS Knights Surabaya will look to arrest a losing streak as they return home against the defending ABL champions, the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team.
Gameday is set for December 3 at GOR CLS Kertajaya, Surabaya.
After their impressive win against the Formosa Dreamers in their opening game, the Knights have lost two straight games on the road. Injuries to their World Imports have definitely played a big part, though the locals have struggled to contribute as well.
The Knights have struggled on the road, as they have fallen into two straight losses since their opening day win.
Defense was an issue for the Indonesia-based squad, as they gave up 98 points to the Knights in their loss, after only averaging 75 per game to opponents. Mono Vampire’s outside shooting burned the Knights, which means that their perimeter defense is an issue.
Brian Williams continues to beast for the Knights despite back to back losses. He was one of the bright spots in their loss to Mono Vampire Basketball Club, finishing with a solid double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds.
Williams is still looking for the chemistry that he displayed with the team in their win versus the Formosa Dreamers. He showed the ability to score and move the ball around, and his team will need him to step it up even further against the defending champions.
In addition, the CLS Knights will have a new toy to play with as Ebrahim Enguio will finally be joining the team. Enguio, or more fondly known as Biboy, is a staple on the Indonesia National Team and after playing in the Indonesia Basketball League, Philippines Basketball Association Development League, and being drafted in to the Philippines Basketball Association, he is finally taking his talents to the ABl with the Knights.
On the other spectrum, Hong Kong Eastern has waited two weeks to return to ABL action, and they should be eager to shake off the rust on the road against the Knights. They’re coming off a convincing victory against Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, a 92-89 nailbiting win. They got several impressive performances from their talented World and Heritage Imports, namely Marcus Elliott, Tyler Lamb and their new Heritage superstar.
Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger was as good as advertised, as he finished with a tremendous debut performance of 26 points and 14 rebounds for Hong Kong. He was at his best in the clutch, as he hit two key shots to seal the win versus Alab Pilipinas.
Standhardinger will be counted on by Hong Kong, as the team chose to remain with veteran Ryan Moss as their World Import. Therefore Standhardinger will still be their primary man in the middle versus the Knights.
It was Hong Kong’s pressure defense that really helped seal the victory, as they forced Alab Pilipinas to 18 turnovers which they converted into points off turnovers. It was the key to their championship run last season, and they should be primed to keep locking down opponents as the season goes on.
Can the Knights end their losing spell, or will Hong Kong get their second straight victory? ABL action returns to Indonesia to determine the winner.