When his team needed him the most, the X-Man delivered.
Xavier Alexander delivered a dominating performance to help the Singapore Slingers arrest a two-game losing skid and win on the road versus CLS Knights Surabaya, as they claimed a 79-71 win in GOR CLS Kertajaya.
The trusty import of the Slingers was unstoppable all game long, as he finished with a career-high 39 points to go along with 16 rebounds and 3 steals. He led his team after a slow start forced the Slingers to have to come back from a 13 point deficit. Singapore looked flat once again, as the team struggled to adjust to the humidity of the Knights’ venue.
The Indonesia-based squad looked great on the other hand, as they raced to a 22-17 advantage after the first period. Frederick Lish and Sandy Kurniawan got their offense on the right track, as they helped space the floor with long range shots.
Singapore would get its bearings in the second quarter, as they pounded it inside against the frontline of the Knights. Slingers World Import Ryan Wright tallied 13 of his 22 points in the 2nd quarter, as they went early and often to him. The Knights struggled to contain the penetration of Alexander, who would barrel to the lane, draw the defense to him then find his teammates in the paint or on the periemter for shots. The Slingers would only trail the Knights by 3 points, 40-37 at the half.
The third period was when the Slingers made it’s move and gained advantage for the remainder of the ballgame. A Wright jumpshot at the 8:57 mark gave Singapore it’s first taste of the lead before Kurniawan countered with a triple for the Knights. However Alexander’s 13 points in the period was enough for the Slingers to take a five point lead into the final period, 61-56. The Knights were held to only 16 points in the quarter, as the vaunted half court defense of Singapore finally showed up.
The final period belonged to Alexander, as he scored 15 points in the quarter, tying the entire output of CLS in that span. The only other Slinger to score was Ng Han Bin, as he hit a triple at the 4:42 mark. Other than that, it was all Alexander. And with the Knights’ offense disintegrating down the stretch, that would prove to be enough.
The Knights wasted another stellar performance from World Import Brian Williams, as he led his team with 20 points, 19 rebounds and 3 blocks. It was also a struggle for new import Decorey Aaron Jones, as he tallied 11 points on 4/13 shooting to go along with 9 rebounds. The new replacement for injured import Duke Crews struggled to find his way, and will look to bounce back in future competitions for the Knights.
The Slingers climb to an even 3-3 in the standings, good for solo 4th place. in the standings CLS falls to 1-4, currently at 7th place.The Slingers’ next contest is another Finals rematch versus Hong Kong Eastern Club at the Southorn Stadium on December 20, while CLS Knights will ring in the New Year with a match against undefeated Chongson Kung-Fu on January 6, 2018