The Slingers not only had to battle a very good Saigon Heat team but they also had to contend with a parochial home crowd at the packed Nguyen Du Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
CJ Gettys, despite fighting through pain due to cramps, led the way with a double-double performance with 24 points and 12 rebounds while shooting four out of six from 3-point range. Kentrell Barkley also proved to be pivotal for the Slingers with 20 points and 10 boards, but a sprained ankle in tbe final 2 minutes had him sit out the end of the game.
The Slingers locals also showed their mettle in a tough environment against the Saigon Heat with Larry Liew leading the way with17 points followed by Jackson Mah’s 11points and Delvin Goh’s who had 6 clutch points that proved to be important for the Slingers to secure the win and get the Slingers one step closer to their goal of making the ABL final.
The Slingers will now go into game two of their semifinals’ series against the Saigon Heat with more confidence and in the hope of closing out the series on Wednesday night.