It was another record-setting night for the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia.
The Knights exploded for a ground-breaking 48 points in the first quarter to set the tone for a dominating 132-104 victory against the Wolf Warriors, Saturday at the GOR Kertajaya in Surabaya, Indonesia. With another rout, the Knights are the hottest team in the league with five straights wins.
The home squad started the game much like their previous outings – fearless and guns blazing. Led by a spirited performance from Brandon Jawato, the Knights unloaded basket after basket that left the visiting Wolf Warriors shellshocked. They scored 31 points in the first six minutes alone, highlighted by 3-pointer from Jawato, while the opposition mustered only 10 points. Douglas Herring put the cherry on top of the stellar first period with a pair of free throws that made the scored 48-21. The Knights now own the ABL record for most points scored in a single period.
But the Knights weren’t done after the first 10 minutes of play. They kept their foot on the gas pedal and went on to score a total of 75 points by halftime, also an ABL achievement. It was more of the same in the second half as the home team led by as much as 39 points in the lopsided affair.
Maxie Esho put up 27 points and 10 rebounds as three other Knights scored at least 20 points. Darryl Watkins had a huge double-double of 26 points and 18 boards while Jawato posted a personal-best 22 points. Douglas Herring, the maestro of Indonesia’s potent offense, dished out 15 assists alongside 23 points.
The Knights shot a blistering 58 percent from the field, including 13 makes from rainbow country, while also sharing the wealth with 36 assists. The 3-pointer has been a reliable weapon for the Indonesian squad but they also showed their inside scoring prowess by dropping 70 points in the shaded area.
Mike Taylor provided the Wolf Warriors with 32 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in a losing effort. Chai Chen was right behind with 25 points while Shawntez Patterson added 21 points and seven boards in his second ABL game day. Mike Bell missed the game due to personal matters.
The streaking Knights improve to 7-7 for the season while the Wolf Warriors drop to a league-worst 1-13.