What was the worst decision for the Singapore Slingers in the game also turned out to be their luckiest against the Wolf Warriors.
With the game nearing its end, Singapore gave up a basket to Eddy Curry inside to give the ABL newcomers a 93-92 lead. What made matters worse was that they called a timeout they did not have, leading to a technical foul against the Slingers.
This mistake was compounded by Jerran Young who was not aware of the time remaining as he put up a shot from beyond mid-court with still seven seconds remaining in the contest. Luckily for him and for the rest of the team, Xavier Alexander was there to save the day as he caught the loose ball and was fouled going up for a shot.
The Slingers know they got lucky to escape with a win against the Wolf Warriors and they cannot waste that gift by falling against Mono Vampire, a team that is currently just ahead of the Wolf Warriors in the team standings.
After a slow start to the season, John Fields is now the primary scoring option for the Slingers with 23.8 points per game on 56 FG%. Alexander has been playing amazing all-around basketball as he’s almost averaging a triple-double with 20.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per contest.
Young is not too far behind with 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists but it has been his energy defensively that makes him a great fit for Singapore.
Although Singapore might still be missing the services of Ng Hanbin with his knee injury. The Slingers are getting good enough local support, specifically from Delvin Goh and Tay Ding Loon in their win against the Wolf Warriors. In that game, Goh almost came up with another double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds while Tay had nine points, all on three-point shots.
The Slingers will have to focus their defense completely on the imports of Mono Vampire as their locals have not been playing well all season long. Even if they have a few veterans in their team, it seems like the Thai squad is not in sync.
One are that the Slingers could take advantage of is by making Jason Brickman a scorer instead of a passer. While Brickman looking for his shot and Malcolm White demanding touches inside, Mono Vampire will have a tough time moving the ball around, which should then make it easier for Singapore to defend.