Two teams looking to get back on track face off this Saturday as the Formosa Dreamers host the visiting CLS Knights Indonesia at the Changhua County Stadium in Changhua City, Taiwan.
The Dreamers, who own a 6-2 record, ended 2018 on a sour note after they lost two straight games to close out the year. They first tasted defeat at the hands of Mono Vampire Basketball Club and fell once more against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.
In the loss to the defending champions, the Dreamers struggled with 34 percent shooting from the field. Malcolm Miller top-scored with 23 points for Formosa but he was only 7-for-22 from the field. Fellow World Imports Will Artino and Tevin Glass combined for 10-for-32 for 28 points.
In particular, Artino’s lack of offensive production has hurt his team the last two games. Versus Mono, he had an unfortunate case of food poisoning which left him unable to play in the second half. Against the Philippines, he played his usual minutes but had trouble finding his shot. Artino has been a significant contributor to Formosa’s offense this season and it’s not a coincidence that his poor production has been one of the causes of their back-to-back defeats. He needs to get his rhythm going to help the Dreamers get back to their winning ways.
Meanwhile, the CLS Knights (2-6) are also sporting two straight defeats. The Indonesia team’s last loss against the lowly Wolf Warriors, who came into the game winless after eight tries, served as a wakeup call.
The Knights were busy during the Holiday break, revamping their World Import lineup in the hopes of improving their dismal record. They recently acquired Douglas Herring and Darryl Watkins to replace Montay Brandon and Stephen Hurt.
Douglas Herring, a 6-foot-3 guard, is a product of Utica College in New York and was left undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft. He is an NBL champion, winning with the London Lighting in the 2017-2018 season.
Alongside Herring is Darryl Watkins. The 7-footer has been in and out of the NBA and the NBA G-League early in his career. He had brief stints with teams like the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets, and Philadelphia 76ers. After bouncing around teams, he eventually found a home in Europe. He has spent the last three years playing for ASVEL Basket of the LNB Pro A in France.
Both teams will be looking to snap their two-game losing streak. Will the Dreamers defend home court or will the new-look Knights get the victory?