Despite squandering a third quarter double-digit lead, the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia gained second wind in overtime and were able to outlast the Singapore Slingers, 99-95, Sunday at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
The duo of Douglas Herring and Maxie Esho propelled the Knights to their second straight win and 13th overall to jump to fifth place in the standings. Herring poured in 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Indonesia’s top playmaker also displayed his shooting touch as he knocked four treys. Just as impressive was Esho who had 29 points, including five triples, nine rebounds, and was a huge factor on the defensive end with six steals.
The Knights were up by as much as 15 points with 2:24 remaining in the third period. Just when the Slingers looked down in the water, they leaned on the heroics of Jerran Young and Xavier Alexander to put themselves in a position to win. In the final frame, Alexander dropped 10 points while Young had nine points as Singapore outscored Indonesia, 24-14.
After Herring split his free throws with 14 seconds left in regulation to make it 88-86 in favor of the Knights, Young got fouled by Darryl Watkins. Young’s steady hands were unfazed as he knocked down two clutch free throws with 11 seconds left to tie the game. Herring’s tough 3-point attempt on the other end missed and the game was headed into overtime.
In the extra session, however, the Knights just had enough firepower and executed when it mattered most. The Slingers had the basketball and were clinging to a 95-94 lead just under two minutes left but Herring pickpocketed Ng Han Bin in the backcourt. Herring relentlessly attacked the basket and got the lay up to go to give the Knights the lead. Brandon Jawato iced the game with free throws as the Slingers failed to score for the rest of the way. Indonesia’s local standout finished with 17 points and five rebounds.
Young had 41 points and 10 rebounds in the heartbreaking Singapore loss. He showcased his 3-point arsenal, knocking 6-of-10 triples. Alexander was just as critical with his effort of 32 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. Fellow World Import battled through foul trouble to end with just nine points and five boards. The Slingers have lost back-to-back games and are now 13-9 in the standings.
The Knights will be back in action this Wednesday against the Heat in Surabaya, Indonesia. The Slingers meanwhile go for a bounce-back win on Friday versus the Westports Malaysia Dragons.