The Singapore Slingers suffered their second straight road defeat as they bowed to the Formosa Dreamers 88-77 at the Changhua Stadium. Once again, finishing strong was the problem for the Slingers who simply could not keep up with Formosa in the second half.
The Slingers led by five at the half, 43-38, and even led by as many as eight points in the third, 51-43, after a triple from Leon Kwek. Singapore then suffered a scoring drought where they simply could not get anything to drop on offense. On the other side, Formosa went on a 13-0 run bannered by three-point conversions from Jerran Young and Anthony Tucker, to claim a 62-56 lead.
The Slingers were still within striking distance early in the fourth quarter as a Marcus Elliott pull-up jumper was quickly followed by a Delvin Goh layup to trim their deficit to only three points, 67-64, but it would prove to be the last gasp for Singapore.
Formosa unleashed a back-breaking 13-0 run that featured dunks, alley-oops, and Tucker jumpers to lead 80-64, which was the biggest advantage of the contest as they establish complete control of the match.
Singapore did its best to come back but they simply dug a hole that was too deep for them to recover from as they fell to a 1-3 win-loss tally.
The Slingers got decent numbers from their three imports with Elliott scoring 23, Anthony McClain adding 17, and Alexander chipping in 14 but they big performer in the match was Goh who had 17 points and seven rebounds. Unfortunately for Singapore, Kwek could not sustain his stellar play from the day before as he was limited to only three points on one of eight shooting from the field.
Young, a former Slinger, got a semblance of revenge against his old team as he led the Dreamers with 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and five steals in another stellar all-around game. Tucker and Jordan Tolbert combined for 35 points but Formosa got a huge boost from their locals with Chang Tsung-Hsien and Yang Chin-Min combining for 29 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists,