After almost winning a championship a year ago, the Singapore Slingers return to the brand new ABL with high hopes and brave expectations. 'We were happy to be there but disappointed we didn't win it,' Slingers assistant Michael Johnson said during the league's press conference. 'Our mindset is there to win it. We have a goal of winning it this year.' The Slingers recently resigned their two American imports - Alexander Xavier (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) and Howard Justin (208-C-81, college: Mercer), solidifying their frontcourt. Alexander is an athletic big man who can do multiple things on the floor. Last season, he had averages of 19. 3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, and 5.4 assists. He was also an asset defensively, registering 2.4 steals per outing. Howard meanwhile, looks to be same strong and reliable big man for his team. The 6'11' center led the league last year in rebounds, hauling down nearly 16 a game to go along with his 20-point average. Aside from the stellar play of their imports, Singapore has also consistently relied on their locals to step up their game. Two-time Local MVP Wong Wei Long (187-G-88), three-point shooter Wu Qingde, and veteran guard Desmond Oh (178-PG-86), were among the players who were instrumental in the Slingers' journey to the ABL finals. The Slingers' well-balanced attack from its locals made them a deadly team to go along with their imports Alexander and Howard. They were also able to utilize the unique skills of their ASEAN Heritage import Kris Rosales (183-G, college: Hope International). The Filipino-American point guard kept his team together and made everybody involved in their offense. 'We've had five locals last year that played between 18 and 30 minutes a game. That's a lot of minutes. So it's not just show, it's actually quality minutes and exposure to the game,' said Johnson. Wei Long, Qingde, and Oh will all suit up this season, but a huge blow for the Slingers is the loss of big man Delvin Goh. The hardworking center will be unavailable due to his commitment to the national military service program. 'He's gonna be a big loss for us,' admitted Johnson. Still, the longtime coach and the rest of the Slingers remain confident all their local players will improve their game. 'We've gone with the philosophy of having one less import than everyone else,' he explained. 'At any one time, we've got to have two locals on the floor. The exposure to actually play on a regular basis is invaluable.' True enough, Singapore only had the services of three out of a possible four imports on their roster. This year, they look to do the same. Alexander and Howard have already signed with the team. Singapore is now gaining interest in getting Filipino guard Alli Austria to replace Kris Rosales. 'We see a lot of Kris in Alli. So we see a pretty big upside in him. He's a great kid. We're looking at him and we'll make a decision over the next few days whether he's gonna stay on. But at this stage there's a good chance he'll be our third import starting the season.' With a bolstering frontcourt and reliable local talent, the Singapore Slingers hope to return to the promise land this season. And this time, they're eyes are set on taking home the gold. 'We'll be doing everything we can to make it to get to the final and win it. We have a philosophy of no excuses,' Johnson concluded. Courtesy of: aseanbasketball.com
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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