The Singapore Slingers will do their very best to snap out of their three-game losing skid as they welcome the visiting San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to the OCBC Arena.
This will mark the second time that these two teams will face off this season. In their first meeting, the Slingers looked like they were in a great position to pick up a road win but their defense fell apart in the fourth quarter. Singapore led by as many as 13 points in the contested but they were outscored 40-24 in the final period, which led to the 90-83 loss.
Alab is currently tied for the top spot with a 5-2 record, alongside the Mono Vampire Basketball Club while Singapore is at the bottom of the rankings with a 1-4 win-loss tally. They’ve lost their last three games to the Taipei Fubon Braves, Formosa Dreamers, and Saigon Heat.
The Slingers will be banking on Marcus Elliott to have another big performance at the heels of his big double-double in their last game against the Heat. He had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Singapore in both categories.
A great sign for Singapore was the performance of the local starters with Leon Kwek and Delvin Goh both scoring in double-digits against Saigon. Kwek had 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting from the field while Goh showed great promise in his continued development with a solid all-around performance of 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
Xavier Alexander needs to find a way to bounce back from his nine-point eight-turnover performance against the Heat as the Slingers desperately need their leader to provide them while his usual triple-doubled to snap them out of this slide.
Alab picked up a bounce-back win in their last game against the Taipei Fubon Braves where they were led by Sam Deguara 26 points and 14 rebounds. Luckily for Singapore, they are one of the teams that can match up with Alab’s behemoth as they have Anthony McClain.
The Slinger center has posted solid numbers so far with 17.6 points and 12.8 rebounds while converting on a solid 52% from the field.
The issue for Singapore is its performance in the fourth quarter. In their four losses, they’ve lost the final period by an average of 9.8 points. In their lone win, they outscored the Macau Wolf Warriors by a single point in the payoff period. They will need to find a way to weather Alab’s depth as coach Jimmy Alapag has formed a solid bench to back up their starters.
For the Slingers to end their slide, they need to bank on their defense and keep the scoring very low as engaging in a firefight against Alab might not be the best idea.