SINGAPORE – Saigon Heat’s fiery streak has been put out.
The Singapore Slingers stood proud at 2-0 against the Heat this season, as they thwarted what could have been a five-game win streak by the Vietnam-based squad.
In front of a loud crowd at the OCBC Arena, the Slingers kicked off the crucial game in dominant fashion with a commanding 10-0 run to catch the visiting team’s defense off guard. It wasn’t until the 7:12 mark that Chris Dierker finally got them on the board with a layup.
But the Slingers never wavered at all as they extended the lead to 23 with all starters chipping in. Trevon Hughes, who has been guarded by Xavier Alexander from the get-go, only managed to get four points in the opening frame.
Seeing how the defense underneath was a bit sloppy, the charge continued for the Slingers in the second quarter as they fearlessly attacked the rim. On the other side, the Heat haven’t been successful as even the most point-blank shots didn’t find the bottom of the net. The first half ended with a 51-29 onslaught by the home team.
The third quarter buzzer sounded differently for the Slingers as they committed turnovers after turnovers, which fortunately for the opposing team, led to two-point conversions. The Heat slowly but surely inched their way closer to the Slingers as they only trailed by a solitary point, 62-63, after the third frame.
It was a nip and tuck final canto as both teams exchanged baskets in the first four minutes. The 50-50 ball went into the hands of the Slingers as they scored 21 second chance points in the entire game. They also dominated the shaded area with 54 points underneath.
Ultimately, the Slingers prevailed over the Heat as they put stellar defense on display. They are currently the league-leader in steals and blocks per game with 8.4 spg and 4.1 bpg.
Delvin Goh came out with a double-double showing of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Desmond Oh likewise had a notable all-around performance of 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Xavier Alexander and Jerran Young combined for 46 markers while John Fields also put up a monster double-double outing of 20 points and 21 rebounds to go along with five steals and three blocks.
Hughes led his squad with 24 points while Kyle Barone and Murphy Burnatowski chipped in 19 and 17, respectively.
Now standing at an 8-6 record, the Singapore Slingers will have another big game at home as they gun for revenge against the red-hot BTN CLS Knights Indonesia on Sunday.
Singapore Slingers – Alexander (25), Young (21), Fields (20), Goh (11), Oh (10)
Saigon Heat – Hughes (24), Barone (19), Burnatowski (17), Dierker (10), Tran (5), Cilia (3), Dinh (2)