In the final game of the Elite 8 Playoffs group stage, the 2nd seed Falcons Basketball took on the 3rd seed Bravehearts in a rematch of last year's finals. While Falcons Basketball had previously defeated AMK Bravehearts 79-75 in the regular season, it was the Bravehearts who took this game 96-87 to top Group B.
It was a close encounter with the Bravehearts holding a slim 2-point lead to go up 18-16 at the end of the first quarter. But in the second quarter, DingLoon Tay would hit a three-pointer to bring the Falcons Basketball up by 5 (31-26) at the 6 minutes 24 seconds mark. Brewer Tre immediately responded with two back-to-back threes to put the Bravehearts back up 32-31. Bravehearts took an 8-point lead to end the half when Derek Aw hit a three with 27 seconds left. The game would go into the half-time break at 50-42 Bravehearts.
A Marshall Tyrone (203-C-92, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) dunk on the fast break would give the Bravehearts lead of the game 59-44 with 6 minutes and 53 seconds. But Burrage Kannon would start to catch fire after drawing a foul on Marshall Tyrone on a layup. That was the start of his 22-point 3rd quarter outburst. He would hit a total of 5 threes in the third quarter alone, erasing the Bravehearts lead to single-digits in less than two minutes. Brewer Tre would pick Sze Tuan Teo's pocket and score on a fast-break layup to put the Bravehearts back up 71-66. But Kannon would hit a dagger three before the 3rd quarter break to reduce the Braveheart's lead to 2, ending the quarter 71-69 Bravehearts.
The fourth quarter would be a game of runs. Victor Jones hit a three at Falcon's first possession to put the Falcons Basketball up 72-71 since the second quarter, and starting a 14-2 run. Capitalising on Bravehearts' miss baskets, Wei Xiang Chen of the Falcons Basketball would hit a circus layup shot to give the Falcons Basketball their biggest lead of the game 83-73 with 6 minutes and 37 seconds to go. After a timeout by the Bravehearts, Gary Yeo would draw a foul and one on Falcon's Gaddafi to slice the lead down to 8. Marshall Tyrone would then check back into the game and hit a layup, then Tyson Lawrence (193-G-88, college: CS San Bernar.)'s jumper broke the Bravehearts back to within 3, 82-85 with 3 minutes and 55 seconds to go. Gary Yeo would split a pair of free throws, then Brewer Tre who force a turnover on Burrage, picking his pocket and a layup to give the Bravehearts back the lead 88-87 with 2 minutes remaining.
It was all Bravehearts from that moment on. Between some crucial stops, Marshall Tyrone would hit a bankshot, Tyson Lawrence split a pair of free throws, then Brewer Tre to deflect Ding Loon's inbound pass for the easy layup to put the Bravehearts up for good.
Brewer finished the game with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Tyson Lawrence had 30 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, while Marshall Tyrone finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Said Brewer after the game, "We knew going into the game we would have a tough one. We didn't expect it to be a walk in the park. We knew all we had to do was stick to our game plan from Coach Tan and the rest would handle itself. We got big stops when we needed them and forced them to play through one person. Gary and Derek were big for us today. On to the Final 4!"
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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