Tagawa (4-4) had 4 players in double-digit scoring as that edged out Eunos United (2-6) in Game 1 of the Round 8 SBL Action. Yi Chen of Tagawa came off the bench with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Hib Shamir Ibrahim added 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Eunos held a small lead in the first half, however, Tagawa's 26-15 third quarter was the difference that enabled them to win in the game. Eunos top scorer Ignacio Leonori was also kept in check, scoring only 12 points in his team's loss. Russ Sarip came off the bench for Eunos and scored a career-high 10 points in his team's loss.
Game 2: GHUB 84 - SAFSA 68
GHUB finally rebounded after 2 consecutive losses with a 16-point victory of SAFSA (0-8). Justin Monroe (193-G-87, college: Morehouse) (193-G-87, college: Morehouse) led the way with 35 points and 12 rebounds, while Jonathan Hart (196-F, college: Barton, NC) added 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for GHUB. GHUB managed to build an early 10 points lead at the end of the first, but SAFSA would make a comeback cut the lead down to 7 by the half. Once again, the 3rd quarter was crucial as GHUB outscored SAFSA 22-13 to stretch the lead wide enough to prevent any comeback. Alvin Choon had 16 points and 9 rebounds for SAFSA in his team's eight consecutive loss.
Game 3: Proform 93 - SKC 72
Proform (3-5) was finally able to rebound after disappointing surprise losses early in the season. Captain Noel Pollock (185-PG-88) had 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists to lead his team, while Samer Anouti came off the bench with a 18 points and 6 rebounds production. SKC held the score close as Proform managed only a 7 point lead by halftime. The scoreline was stretched to double-digits when Robert Slowikowski scored two consecutive baskets for Proform to start the third. Proform would cruise from that point to take the game. SKC had 4 players in double-digit scoring, led by Low Remus (183-F-94) with 14 points.
Game 4: SG Basketball 96 - Adroit 100
Additions Shawn Fang Lim and Fang Cie Lim proved useful as SG Basketball tested Adroit in a tight basketball game separated by only 4 points. Kenneth Smith (195-G/F-87, college: Lourdes)h (195-G/F-87, college: Lourdes) led Adroit with 32 points and 5 rebounds. Jonathan Wong added 26 points and Sashi Pillay added 9 points and 14 rebounds in Adroit's win. Adroit led 81-64 at the end of the 3rd quarter, but SG Basketball would launch a comeback in the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, the comeback was short and Adroit held on to the win. Lim Shengyu (192-F/C-90) led SG Basketball with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Jeryl Ng added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Shawn Fang Lim added 19 points off the bench in the visitor's 4th loss of the season.
In the clash of two undefeated teams, the defending champions Falcons were handed their first loss of the season by a high-powered Singapore Supras team. Despite Burrage Kannon (190-G-90, college: UTSA)'s 37 point and 11 rebound production, Falcons could not contain Supras' dominance in the paint, led by Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.) who had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Jemell Swafford had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Mitchell Folkoff added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Falcons had little help for Burrage, except Bravehearts transfer Chen Wei Xiang who came off the bench with 14 points. Recent signing Francisco Gerard (191-F-77) failed to leave up to expectations and recorded 0 points in his first game with the team.
Despite the departure of 7 players from the squad, including 2 to Falcons, Bravehearts showed on signs of slowing down as they handed Zeagues Chargers their 3rd defeat of the season. Brewer Tre (198-G-90, college: CS San Bernar.) led the team with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Marshall Tyrone (203-C-92, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while new signing Tyson Lawrence (193-G-88, college: CS San Bernar.) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in his first game with the team. Bravehearts' stellar defense held the Chargers to just 26 points in the first half, as Brewer Tre limited William Sanborn (187-G-89, college: Ramapo)'s usual high-scoring production. William Sanborn would finish the game with 17 points on 6/16 shooting. However, there was no stopping Chargers swingman Rodel Vaygan who exploded with 42 points including 5 three-pointers in the game. Zeagues had a momentary comeback with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter, and sliced the Bravehearts' 20 point-lead down to 7, but it was insufficient after Tyson Lawrence hit the dagger three to closeout the game.
Slingers Return to ABL Finals With Sweep of Alab Pilipinas - 19 days ago
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Slowly but surely, fans packing the Baliwag Star Arena made their way towards the exit, as shot after shot of the Singapore Slingers found their mark in the fourth quarter. As the lead continued to grow, the inevitable became clearer: The Lion City would return to the Finals once again. Behind the stellar play of Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) and a breakout game from Heritage Import Joshua Urbiztondo (185-PG-83, college: Fresno Pacific) in his return to the Philippines,... [read more]
Slowly but surely, fans packing the Baliwag Star Arena made their way towards the exit, as shot after shot of the Singapore Slingers found their mark in the fourth quarter. As the lead continued to grow, the inevitable became clearer: The Lion City would return to the Finals once again. Behind the stellar play of Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) and a breakout game from Heritage Import Joshua Urbiztondo (185-PG-83, college: Fresno Pacific) in his return to the Philippines, the Slingers led from the start and and punched the first ASEAN Basketball League Finals ticket with a 82-64 win over Alab Pilipinas. Alexander was rock solid for the Slingers once again, as he finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Urbiztondo contributed a season high 20 points on 4-8 from the three point area, along with with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. 'Everything was on the line,' Slingers' Leon Kwek shared. 'It was a do or die game for them, for us it was about closing it out.' The Philippine-based squad immediately began the game with a handicap, as MVP candidate Ray Parks Jr. was ruled out because of an ankle injury sustained in Game 1 of the Semis. Guard Jeric Fortuna (173-PG-91) was also unavailable due to a separate injury. That led local star Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93), in only his second game with the team, to try and extend Alab's season without Parks. 'It's unfortunate he [Parks] had the injury,' Xavier Alexander said. 'But whoever's out there, that's who we're out there with, and that's who we're gonna battle with.' The first quarter started out promisingly, as Alab was able to keep in step with the Slingers early on. Ravena took control of the team in scoring and facilitating, and also got help from an active Lawrence Domingo in the paint. However Slingers World Import Xavier Alexander took control pushing the tempo and scoring at will. Wong Wei Long and Kwek also contributed on offense to finish on a 13-2 run to end the first quarter up 24-14. Foul trouble hit Alab hard, as Ravena was whistled for his third foul in the second quarter. As a result, Ravena had to sit out majority of the second quarter. That's where the Slingers hit hard. The lead ballooned to 20 points at the 3:30 mark before eventually settling on a 47-29 lead at the half. Sensing the need to strike, the Philippines would attempt a comeback early in the third quarter as they went on an 8-1 run. Alexander would respond with an emphatic slam on Lawrence Domingo, squashing the momentum of the home team. But it seemed like every time Alab threatened to make a run, the Slingers were ready for them. This time, it was Joshua Urbiztondo that would find the mark, as he scattered 7 points in the quarter to keep Singapore ahead. However timely threes from Ravena and Jens Knuttel kept Alab within striking distance, as the deficit dwindled to only six points before finally ending the quarter down 9, 60-51. That would be prove to be as close as Alab could get, as the Slingers simply overwhelmed their opponents in the payoff period. Singapore opened the fourth in style in a 9-2, spearheaded by reigning MVP Wong Wei Long. Finally unshackled from foul trouble. Urbiztondo piled it on via shots from the perimeter and drives in the paint, as the lead climbed to 19 with 6:17 left. His final field goal of the game, a three pointer with 2:16 left would be the final nail in the coffin, as the Slingers would not let up until the final buzzer sounded. Aside from the game-long brilliance of Alexander and Urbiztondo, big man Justin Howard (209-C-81, college: Mercer) also had a solid 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Local stars Kwek and Wong were also a big factor, as they contributed 10 and 8 points respectively. Domingo paced Alab Pilipinas with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Ravena had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the losing effort. 'I think the whole team is very excited to get back to the Finals,' Wong shared after the victory 'What we're trying to do is play like a team and be strong in the Finals and be mentally prepared.' The unselfishness was evident from the start, as the Slingers racked up 19 assists compared to only 11 for Alab. They also found the range from downtown, shooting 7/16 for 43% from downtown. The Philippines wound up only 2/15 from the perimeter. 'It's all about the team,' Wong shared. 'Everyone encourages one another- I think that's where we stand out. We play as a team, our offense is set with discipline, and that brings us together.' 'We're not a one man team,' the reigning MVP added. 'Whoever is on the floor knows their job and how to do it.' With the win, the Slingers now await their opponent in the ABL Finals, as the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions and Saigon Heat prepare for Game 2 of their series. But no matter which squad they face, one thing's for sure: The Slingers have unfinished business, and they're excited for another opportunity to take care of it. 'This is what I came back for,' Alexander bared as he headed back to the Slingers' team bus. 'This is what me and Justin talked about this summer, and now we're finally there.' Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
Singapore Slingers set to face Alab Pilipinas in 2016-17 ABL Semi Finals - 1 month ago
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The 2016-17 ABL Semi Finals Series are now locked in with the #1 seed Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions (15-4) to face #4 seed Saigon Heat (8-10) in one semi final series while the #2 seed Singapore Slingers (12-7) will face off against #3 seed Alab Pilipinas (10-9). For the Singapore Slingers the match up with Alab should be interesting as their is a large number of basketball loving Filipinos living and working in Singapore who are expected to snap up the play-off tickets [read more]
The 2016-17 ABL Semi Finals Series are now locked in with the #1 seed Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions (15-4) to face #4 seed Saigon Heat (8-10) in one semi final series while the #2 seed Singapore Slingers (12-7) will face off against #3 seed Alab Pilipinas (10-9). For the Singapore Slingers the match up with Alab should be interesting as their is a large number of basketball loving Filipinos living and working in Singapore who are expected to snap up the play-off tickets. Slingers management are calling on the local basketball community to get out and support their home team which is led by local Singaporean head coach Neo Beng Siang and features 9 local Singaporeans in the Slingers 12 man roster. After a herrendous run of player injuries during the 2016-17 regular season the Slingers hope to be back to near full strength by the time their semi final series tips off on Sunday 2nd April at OCBC Arena in Singapore. Courtesy of: singaporeslingers.com
Xin Hua Sports Club wins ActiveSG-BAS National Masters Cup 2017 - 1 month 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.
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