Douglas Herring has no plans of slowing down.
After the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia made a loud and resounding statement with an 86-67 Game 1 win against the Singapore Slingers on Friday, Herring knows that the battle has just begun.
“I think we really put a really good game plan that we were able to stick through,” Herring said after the impressive road victory, noting that composure as a team was key. “I’m pretty sure they’re gonna make some adjustments so we really got to be even sharper on Sunday.”
“They’re gonna come out and try to protect their homecourt. We can’t even be just as good as we were tonight. We got to be a lot better,” he added.
Herring dictated the tempo of the game and filled the stat sheet with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals while committing just one turnover. Even better, he was able to put stellar numbers while being mostly guarded by one of the league’s best defenders in Xavier Alexander.
“A couple of teams tried to put a little more length and try to blur my vision, and try to control my playmaking. I just try to be aggressive especially in the pick-and-roll,” he pointed out, describing how he attacked the defense. “I know (John) Fields is at the rim trying to block a lot of shots so I’m just trying to find the open man.”
With Herring leading the way, the Knights collected 19 assists and hit 50 percent of their shots. They operated like a well-oiled machine and picked their opponent apart. On the defensive end, they stifled the Slingers into getting any kind of rhythm.
“I think it’s just confidence honestly,” he said on the team’s biggest development. “We pretty much know where everybody individually brings, just try to put it all together collectively as a unit. Playing with confidence on the road is the biggest thing. We haven’t really been that good on the road lately but it’s good to come here and get a win.”
Though the Knights have stolen homecourt advantage by taking the first game, Herring knows that it’s still a long series and anything can happen.
“Whatever it takes. One more everything – one more pass, one more stop, one more rebound, whatever it takes we gotta do it, just try to get another one,” he said as Game 2 takes place this Sunday at the OCBC Arena.
“We got to be a lot better in Game 2 if we want to steal another one.”