The Singapore Slingers center spoke to the media after CEO Bob Turner and GM Michael Johnson had addressed the crowd at the third annual Captain's rally for the 'pride of the Lion City'. Pathman said he felt confident in playing against opponents from the region due to his familiarity and experience from years of playing for the national side.
'I'm not a stranger to playing ASEAN opponents; I've been playing basketball for Singapore for almost ten years now,' said the 6-7 forward/center. 'Played against a lot of the players from Southeast Asia for the past few years, so it's nothing new to me.'
'I'm really looking forward to playing those players again. But we are playing in a different team now; a team which has more Singaporeans with seven local players. Six of them are playing professional basketball for the very first time. I've been playing for four years.'
'It's a very big step up for the new guys, and they will have to prove themselves worthy of a spot in the team.'
'It's not going to be easy playing in the ABL, because we playing with many first-timers, but we're going to have four or five imports, which is going to balance out that inexperience,' added Pathman. 'These guys are going to add experience and strength to the team.'
'So if everything works out, we're going to have a very good blend of youth and experience - guys who have played at the highest level and guys who are coming up; trying to prove that they belong at this level. It's something to forward to, and it's going to be exciting.'
'At the very least, we have our own league, and it's going to be competitive. There are going to be league standings, teams playing for the playoffs, and even a grand final, which is good compared to last season where we only played friendlies, inviting teams over to play exhibition games. Nothing to look forward to, as we won't finish first, second, third or fourth. Just play the friendly, finish it, next game. Play another friendly, finish that, next game.'
The stout Singapore post player is looking forward to taking what he's learnt from playing in the Australian ABL and applying it against his adversaries in the ABL.
'Playing against those guys [in the NBL] taught me a lot of things, because those guys are stronger,' stated Pathman. 'Those guys may be 6-9, 6-10, but they're not really that slow. They are pretty quick on the court. Me being 6-7, playing against guys are bigger, stronger and faster, it only can help you improve.'
'You know you're going to get stronger, you know you're going to get faster playing against superior competition. So it really helped me a lot. I basically knew where I stood, playing at that level.'
'Coming back to the Asian level, I've already played at a high level, so my job will be to play hard at every game, use what I've learnt from that NBL experience in this Asian league; teach and encourage the youngsters, tell them what's right and what's wrong,' added the 29-year-old. 'I'm going to take more of a leadership role, be a big brother to the younger players.'
Finally, when asked to compare the local game in Singapore to the regional Southeast version of it, Pathman expressed that the difference in standard was like day and night.
'It's a huge, huge,huge step up,' exclaimed Pathman. 'It is way above the level of what we're used to; what basketball used to be like in Singapore.'
'Playing basketball locally and playing ball regionally is very different. The standard of the sport regionally is a lot, lot higher.'
'People think that Singaporeans playing Thais or Indonesians will be similar to us playing our peers locally, but it's not,' continued the Singapore international. 'Guys in the region do take their basketball very seriously, and they do have very good leagues and national sides.'
'Their players are all very good, which will make the ABL very competitive. It will be extremely competitive this year. And playing in the ABL, if you win you're the king of Southeast Asia, a king of Asia. You get bragging rights, be it a win against a Thai team or a Filipino team.'
'We're looking forward to the challenge, and playing in the league will only raise the basketball level of Singapore.'
Xin Hua Sports Club wins ActiveSG-BAS National Masters Cup 2017 - 3 days ago
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Hua Sports Club have won ActiveSG-BAS National Masters Cup 2017 last night. In the Final game they beat Freeman 64-57. Hong Liang Electronics meanwhile clinched third place defeating PCW & Partners (Blue) 50-40.
Earlier in the semifinals Freeman posted a 65-53 win over PCW & Partners. Singapore Xin Hua Sports Club won a thriller against Hong Liang Electronics 61-58. [read more]
Hua Sports Club have won ActiveSG-BAS National Masters Cup 2017 last night. In the Final game they beat Freeman 64-57. Hong Liang Electronics meanwhile clinched third place defeating PCW & Partners (Blue) 50-40. Earlier in the semifinals Freeman posted a 65-53 win over PCW & Partners. Singapore Xin Hua Sports Club won a thriller against Hong Liang Electronics 61-58.
Luke Schenscher (ex Townsville H.) is a newcomer at Singapore Slingers - 1 month ago
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Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers (ASEAN League) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old Australian ex-international center Luke Schenscher (216-120kg-82, college: Georgia Tech). He played last summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 11 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.6apg. Schenscher helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Townsville Crocodiles (NBL) in Australian league where in 13 games... [read more]
Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers (ASEAN League) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old Australian ex-international center Luke Schenscher (216-120kg-82, college: Georgia Tech). He played last summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 11 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.6apg. Schenscher helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Townsville Crocodiles (NBL) in Australian league where in 13 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Schenscher received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Center of the Year award back in 2011. He was a member of Australian international program for some years. Schenscher was called to Australian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2011 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001. He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Schenscher's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in four different countries. Schenscher has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), NBA (Chicago Bulls), Australia (Adelaide 36ers, Perth Wildcats and Eastern Mavericks) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.). It's very possible he may end his playing career at Singapore Slingers. Schenscher attended Georgia Tech until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Intelligent player who became a consistent scorer around the basket, an excellent passer and a solid defender in the post ... Excellent passer for a big man, and can score with either hand.
Slingers Continue Mastery Over Rival Dragons in Another OT Thriller - 1 month ago
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For the fourth straight time, the Singapore Slingers found a way to outplay the defending champions Westports Malaysia Dragons. On Friday night, the Slingers got a hard-earned overtime 112-110 win over the Dragons at the House of Champions, Gem-In Mall, in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Singapore's two World imports Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) and Justin Howard (209-C-81, college: Mercer) powered their way into monster numbers in the victory. Howard tallied 32 points, 11 reboun... [read more]
For the fourth straight time, the Singapore Slingers found a way to outplay the defending champions Westports Malaysia Dragons. On Friday night, the Slingers got a hard-earned overtime 112-110 win over the Dragons at the House of Champions, Gem-In Mall, in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Singapore's two World imports Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) and Justin Howard (209-C-81, college: Mercer) powered their way into monster numbers in the victory. Howard tallied 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Alexander meanwhile put up 34 points, even going 16-for-22 from the line, and pulled down 15 rebounds. He also did damage on the defensive end with 6 steals. In another highly-contested and certainly action-packed game, both teams displayed incredible grit and fortitude. Alexander rescued the Slingers from the jaws of defeat as he forced the overtime period. He sank three-free throws and got two steals in the overtime period but it was Wei Long Wong (187-G-88) who sealed the win after making two free throws with 20 seconds left to extend their lead 112-108. 'We came out with a team spirt. We full court pressed them. We got into our game,' Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang said. The Dragons had a 10-point lead late in the second period thanks largely to their latest addition, Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93, college: Providence). The point guard came out firing and the Dragons played inspired as they had a 52-43 advantage heading into halftime. All momentum was in favor of the Dragons until the Slingers finally woke up in the third period. Slingers employed pressure defense to slow down Kiwi Gardner and executed better offensively. As a result, they overwhelmed the Dragons in the third period, outscoring them, 32-16. The tide shifted towards the visiting team heading into the final frame. Singapore even mounted an 8-point lead, 88-80, in the last six minutes of the game. However, the Dragons had a run of their own to cut down the deficit. The Slingers have had a couple of games this season wherein they would blow leads in the dying minutes. In their previous game, they even allowed the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions to come out of a 20-point hole. 'Stamina wise, we are undermanned,' explained coach Siang. 'We need to get ourselves adjusted to that.' Malaysia got the lead momentarily off of Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94, college: San Diego St.)'s free throws. Fortunately for the Slingers, Alexander was there to save them, hitting a tough shot underneath the basket with three seconds left to force overtime. In the extra session, the Slingers were able to execute on both ends of the floor to seal the win. Kiwi Gardner, the Dragons' latest recruit, tried valiantly to carry his team. He finished with 37 points, including 5 three-pointers, 8 assists, and 7 steals in his ABL debut. He suffered cramps early in the fourth quarter and was in-and-out of their lineup in the closing moments of overtime. 'Kiwi Gardner today killed us. Luckily, he's not fit right now. But he's a good insert for the KL Dragons,' coach Siang commended. 'He's amazing. He got 37 points in his first game. We expected him to go for 40 because we heard about him. He's quick, he's fast.' After playing his career game in their last win, Ng Han Bin had another good shooting night as he made 4 of his 6 triples and scored 13 points. Wei Long and Leon Kwek combined for 20 points. For Westports Malaysia, Spencer and Joshua Munzon served as Kiwi Gardner's main back-ups. The World import finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds while the Heritage had 19 points and 4 steals but he was not able to finish the games as he fouled out in the extra period. The Slingers improve to a 10-3 record with this win. They've now finished their season series with both the Dragons and the Long Lions. 'The most important thing for us is we're trying to get us is trying to get the home-court advantage,' the coach concluded. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
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