Wednesday 6th March 2013, Tip off 7pm local time, 8PM HKT, Tennis Indoor Senayan, Jakarta
Warriors are on the cusp of matching their longest winning streak from the 2012 season.
After 19 days off, the Warriors will welcome the Chang
Thailand Slammers on Wednesday night as they go for their seventh straight win.
The last game the Warriors played was on February 15th where they defeated the Slammers 90-74 at Bangkok University, Thailand. Chris Daniels led the Warriors with his eighth consecutive double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Daniels will look forward to keeping his double-double streak alive in this upcoming match-up.
Trio backcourt Mario Wuysang, Jerick Canada
and John Smith enter this game on a tear. Wuysang is averaging 15.3 points,
Canada is averaging 14.3 points and Smith is averaging 13.3 points over their
last three games.
break did cause Warriors head coach Todd Purves some concern. “I
would be lying if I said I didn't have any concerns about
them being rusty after 3 weeks off but there's nothing you can do about it. We
have gone about our preparations as best as we can. I'm cautiously optimistic
that we have done the right preparations,"
said coach Todd.
Coach Todd also acknowledged that there are
benefits from getting 19 days off. "Number one is everyone gets healthy and
we are making sure that everyone's body is in peak condition right now. It also
gave some chance for the guys to mentally relax and to go out and do
some team building to work on our chemistry off the court. I think that will
play a part
on the court as well."
The Slammers come in off a
76-58 win over the Saigon Heat at Tan Binh Stadium, Vietnam.
This win will certainly boost the Slammers’ confidence
level. Charles recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 22 points
and 17 rebounds. Charles does not only
damage on the offensive end
but he has also been brilliant at the
defensive end. He is currently the league’s
leading shot blocker with an average of 4.71 blocks per game.
"Charles is a handful because he is so long and he blocks shots. He does a number of things that players in the ABL don't do. So it's a different style of matchup," said coach Todd on Charles.
Michael Earl won't be playing in the game due
to an injury. Darrius Brannon, a 6'9'' forward, will suit up for the Slammers in his place.
Brannon played for the University of Houston and also had stints in
Froilan Baguion will look to lead his team
for their fourth win of the season. The veteran point guard was flirting with a
triple-double in their last win with 16 points, 12 assists and 7
Wutipong Dasom will look to duplicate his performance against the Warriors where he scored 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting in the first meeting. The Slammers will need to look at cleaning up some sloppiness on offense though, as they recorded 42 turnovers in their last two games.