There’s no stopping the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia just yet.
The red hot Knights notched their fourth straight win following a decisive 89-74 victory over the Singapore Slingers, Sunday at GOR Kertajaya in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Maxie Esho led the way with his double-double outing of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Wong Wei Long also had a big game of 18 points against his former team. The ABL veteran knocked down three triples and became the all-time league leader in 3-pointers made with a total of 215, surpassing the previous record set by Leo Avenido.
The Knights’ 3-point shooting has been their weapon of choice in their previous games. They had 10 triples against the Slingers but leaned more on their defense to carve out another win on their home floor. They limited their opponent to just 38 percent shooting, including 4-of-17 from downtown. The Slingers were hounded by the stingy defense by the Knights and were unable to score more than 16 points in each of the first three quarters.
The Knights used a 17-4 run to close out the third period and established a 65-44 advantage heading into the final frame, capped off by a booming triple from Maxie Esho. The Slingers were rattled in that pivotal quarter and struggled to find the bottom of the net. The home team led by as much as 22 points, much to the delight of the raucous crowd inside GOR Kertajaya.
Even as the Slingers managed to drop 30 points in the last quarter, the scoring came a little too late for the visiting team. Wong sunk his third triple and notched the ABL record with under a minute remaining to go, putting the exclamation point in another Knights victory.
Xavier Alexander and John Fields towed away 20 points apiece for Singapore. However, Jerran Young mustered only 15 points on a tough 7-for-21 shooting night. Outside of the three World Imports, no other Slinger scored more than four points.
The Knights improve to 6-7 and are on their way into the middle of the standings. They go for five straight wins when they host the Wolf Warriors on January 26. The Slingers meanwhile have lost back-to-back games as they drop to 7-6. They head home and go up against the Saigon Heat on January 27.