The first game of Round 11 saw Adroit (5-6) keeping SAFSA (0-11) winless throughout the entire season with a 99-65 victory. Kenneth Smith (195-G/F-87, college: Lourdes) led Adroit with 40 points and 5 rebounds, including 7 three-pointers. Sashi Pillay added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Adroit jumped on SAFSA right from the outset, holding a 35-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. While SAFSA tried to keep the score differential in check, Adroit managed to hold onto a big lead for the rest of the game as they cruise to a big win. With this win, Adroit has clinched the 6th seed in the Elite 8 playoffs bracket.
Game 2: Proform Basketball 82 - Eunos United 61
Eunos United's (3-8) playoffs hopes ended as Proform (5-6) reversed their lacklustre first half of a season to claim the 5th seed and a big 82-61 win. Singaporean-born Navin Crump continued his good performance, leading Proform with 27 points on 11 for 14 shooting. Noel Pollock (185-PG-88) had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Proform built a 7-point lead at the end of the 1st quarter, and it grew to double-digits Pete Miljkovic's three with 7 minutes and 53 seconds remaining. This was part of an 11-nothing run that saw Proform eventually build a 43-28 lead at the half. Eunos cut the lead down to 9 on Vijay Ragaven's layup with 2 minutes left in the third, but that would be the closest Eunos would get as Proform closed the game with a 24-15 4th quarter. With this win, Proform has booked an Elite 8 Playoff outing with Supras, GHUB and SG Basketball, ending the regular season at 5th place.
Singapore Supras (11-0) ended their season undefeated, scrapping past a gutsy Tagawa basketball club (4-7) that gave them their narrowest win of the season at 63-71. Without Jeffers Kyle (207-C-85, college: Oregon St.), Singapore Supras looked like a different team as Tagawa managed 34 points in the paint. Supras started the first quarter strong to go up 24-14, but Tagawa would stick their game plan and kept it close, ending the half 28-41. Cheong Wei Chum's jumpshot would cut Supras lead down to 8 with 1 minute and 32 seconds remaining as Tagawa battled for their life to stay in playoff contention. The lead was down to just 6 points with 2 minutes remaining as Darren Ng of Tagawa hit a jumpshot, but Jemell Swafford (196-F-85, college: Cal.Baptist) would quickly respond with a fouled in layup to secure the win. Jemell Swafford led Supras with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, while Thomas Klemm (200-F-81) added 21 points and 5 rebounds. Tagawa would lose the game and drop out of the Playoff Bracket with an identical record but a loss to SG Basketball.
Game 4: SKC 65 - SG Basketball 89
SG Basketball (4-7) successfully booked a place in the playoffs with a 89-65 win over SKC (2-9). SKC led at the end of the first quarter 16-12, but SG Basketball would take the lead 31-30 with 42 seconds left in the first half on Chong Ming Xuan's layup. SG Basketball would pull the scoreline apart with a 32-16 third quarter and cruise to the win. Lim Shengyu (192-F/C-90) led SG Basketball with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, while Shaun Lim had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for SG Basketball. Gerald Toh led SKC with 18 points and 5 rebounds, but it was not enough to help his team end the season on a high. SG Basketball is now at 8th place and will play Singapore Supras, GHUB and Proform Basketball in the Playoff Round.
The loss of Amir Boucenna over a broken leg was not a problem for the defending champions Falcons (10-1) as they continued they stellar performance, dropping the Chargers (5-6) 69-51 to finish the season at 2nd place. Burrage Kannon (190-G-90, college: UTSA) had 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Damien Gillespie added 14 points in the win. The Falcons held a small 35-29 lead over the Chargers at the end of the first half, but defense would be the storyline as they limited the Chargers to just 6 points in the third quarter. The Chargers would suffer from the lack of offensive power with their leading scorer William Sanborn (187-G-89, college: Ramapo) managing only 20 points, but on 6 for 25 shooting. The Falcons would hold on for the win, and book a place with last year's finalist AMK Bravehearts, Adroit and another meeting with the Chargers in the playoffs.
The Battle of the 3rd Seed was surprisingly a one-sided affair as the Bravehearts ended their season on a high note and demolished GHUB 99-68 for their 6th consecutive win. Tyson Lawrence (193-G-88, college: CS San Bernar.) led his team with a season-high 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Brewer Tre (198-G-90, college: CS San Bernar.) contributed 25 points and 8 assists, and Marshall Tyrone (203-C-92, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had 19 points and 6 rebounds in the resounding win. There was no question regarding the importance of this game with playoff positions at stake, but the Bravehearts jumped right in with intensity and tenacity right from the first quarter. Defense was the key as GHUB's dynamic duo were kept in check. Jonathan Hart (196-F, college: Barton, NC) was limited to just 4 of 21 shooting, while Justin Monroe (193-G-87, college: Morehouse) who still managed 33 points was forced into committing 7 turnovers. The biggest lead of the game was 36 points, as Tyson Lawrence sinked a shot early in the 4th and there was no question that this game belonged to the Bravehearts. The Bravehearts have booked a place with Falcons, Adroit and Zeagues Chargers in Group B of the Elite 8 Playoffs.
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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