With Hong Kong Eastern waiting for a dance partner in the 2019 ABL semifinals, the Singapore Slingers will be gunning to take the next step forward as they aim to sweep the Macau Black Bears at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center.
In Game 1, the Slingers banked on their fiery offense instead of their usually rock-solid defense as they outgunned the Black Bears, 102-91.
What led to this was the explosion of Delvin Goh who had 18 points on an almost perfect 9 of 10 shooting from the field to add to the expected double-digit scoring numbers of imports John Fields, Xavier Alexander, and Jerran Young who combined for 76 points. Singapore also got a lift from Ng Hanbin off the bench as he scored eight points.
The Slingers played as one cohesive unit with 22 assists in the ball game. They were sharing the ball and looking for the best shot possible, which led to their amazing 66% shooting from the field, bannered by 70 points in the paint.
Macau was not that bad from the field at 48% led by Ryan Watkins who scored 30 points while adding 17 rebounds.
From their defensive schemes in Game 1, it looked like the Slingers put a lot of attention on the three-point capabilities of Mikh McKinney and Dewarick Spencer. The usually reliable shooters from the outside combined for five makes in 17 attempts from the game, which is far from their usual percentage.
Closing out an opponent that is playing at home is never easy but the Slingers also know that allowing the series to extend to a knockout contest will play into the favor of Hong Kong Eastern so they’ll do everything they can to book their semifinals ticket and arrange a duel with their 2017 ABL Final conquerors.