Despite a season-high 39 points and 12 rebounds production from William Sanborn (187-G-89, college: Ramapo), SKC's (2-7) balanced team effort delivered a 83-75 against the Chargers (5-4) on Sunday. The two teams were close on the outset with SKC holding on to a slim lead 25-22 at the first quarter. The Chargers would turn the game around in the 2nd, leading by 2 at the end of the half and as many as 7 in the third. However, SKC managed to slice the lead down to a single possession game in the fourth. With SKC up 76-75 with less than a minute to go, Sih Yong Jie hit a big three to put SKC up 79-75. After failing to respond with a field goal on the next possession, the Chargers would concede a game and give SKC their 2nd win of the season. Gerald Toh led SKC with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Teo Jie Ming came off the bench with 18 and 7 rebounds. Zeagues had little held for Sanborn apart from Joel Villasin's double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Game 2: Tagawa 60 - SG Basketball 69
The other upset of the night saw seventh place Tagawa (4-5) drop another game 60-69 to SG Basketball (3-6). Tagawa held a 25-16 lead at the end of the first, and was up 38-29 at the end of the half, but a costly 7 point third quarter would cause the lead to be down to a single point 45-44 by the end of the third. SG Basketball would take their first lead of the game with Lim Shengyu (192-F/C-90)'s three-pointer, putting his team up 49-47 with 7 minutes left in the 4th. Chan Wai Hon would then score 6 straight points on a shot and the foul and a three, stretching SG Basketball lead up 56-48, and allowing them to hang on for the win. Singaporean national Lim Sheng Yu had 22 points and 8 rebounds for SG Basketball. Ng Shi Yang (182-SF-89) had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists while Chan Wai Hon added 17 points and 4 rebounds off the bench for the team. Yi Chen led Tagawa with 12 points off the bench, while Hibshamir had 11 points and 8 rebounds, but saw little help on offense from the rest of the team.
Game 3: Adroit 75 - GHUB 84
GHUB's (7-2) strong second quarter play prove to be the difference (3-5) as the 4th placed team defeated a stubborn Adroit Widodo (4-5) 84-75 in a thriller. Justin Monroe (193-G-87, college: Morehouse) led GHUB with 33 points and 11 rebounds, and Jonathan Hart (196-F, college: Barton, NC) added 24 points and 16 rebounds. But GHUB's stifling defense on Adroit's star Kenneth Smith (195-G/F-87, college: Lourdes) proved to be effective. Smith finished the game with only 16 points from 6 of 22 shooting. While GHUB held a 12 point lead at the start of the fourth, Adroit's big man Koa Wei Quan would come alive, scoring 8 of his 19 points in a stretch. With 2 minutes and 47 seconds left the game, Kenneth Smith hit a big three to bring his team to within 1 point 72-73. However, Justin Monroe would respond with 8 straight points of his own to put the Adroit out of reach.
Game 4: Proform 64 - Falcons 71
In another thrilling game, Proform (3-6) nearly handed Falcons (8-1) their 2nd consecutive loss at Delta. However, they suffered a major mental lapse in the last four minutes, enabling the Falcons to go on a 22-2 run to close the game. It was a low-scoring affair with multiple lead changes in the first three quarters, with the Falcons holding on to a slim 28-24 lead by the half and the game was tied at 45 apiece at the end of the third. Proform would then go on a 17-4 run to start the 4th quarter. Gu Qiaodong would hit three unanswered three-pointers and Navin Crump would hit a jumpshot to put Proform up 62-49 with 4 minutes and 55 seconds remaining. Burrage Kannon (190-G-90, college: UTSA) hit a three with 1 minute and 39 seconds remaining to reduce Proform's lead to just 1, 63-62. Amir Boucenna (185-G) would convert another three with 1 minute and 6 seconds left to put the Falcons up 65-64. The Falcons would score 6 more unanswered points to claim the victory. Burrage Kannon led the team with 33 point s and 9 rebounds, while Boucenna who came alive in the fourth added 12 points and 6 rebounds. Gu Qiaodong and Samer Anouti had 14 points apiece to lead Proform, while Navin Crump added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Usually high-scoring guard Noel Pollock (185-PG-88) was held to just 10 points.
Game 5: SAFSA 31 - Supras 106
It was an entirely one-sided affair as the league-leading Supras (9-0) kept SAFSA (0-9) winless in a merciless 106-31 victory. SAFSA was held to just 22% shooting behind Supras defense. The game was literally over in the first half when Supras jumped to a 48-13 lead. Jemell Swafford (196-F-85, college: Cal.Baptist) recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, while Jamond Powe (182-PG-84) had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals for the night. SAFSA had little to celebrate in this game, with no players in double figures.
Game 6: AMK 93 - Eunos 56
In another predictable game, AMK Bravehearts (7-2) handed their Eunos United (2-7) their third straight loss in a resounding 93-56 victory. Marshall Tyrone (203-C-92, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a monster game with 34 points and 17 rebounds, while Brewer Tre (198-G-90, college: CS San Bernar.) added 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Guillermo Amengual was the high man for Eunos with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, but he received little help from his teammates. Eunos' leading scorer Ignacio Leonori was held in check and managed just 10 points. After a slow defensive start in the first quarter, the Bravehearts managed to play good defense, jumping to a 40-20 lead by the half. The lead grew to 55-22 on Tyson Lawrence (193-G-88, college: CS San Bernar.)'s layup with 6 minutes to go, but Eunos would go on a quick scoring run to end the quarter 67-41 Bravehearts. It was still insufficient to change the outcome of the game as the Bravehearts cruised to an easy victory.
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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