After losing their home court advantage in Game 1, the Singapore Slingers responded with a big performance in a dominant 95-66 defeat of Hi-Tech Bangkok City at the Thai-Japanese Association Gym in Bangkok last night.

Reigning ASEAN local player Most Valuable Player Wong Wei Long shattered his career-high as he dropped 29 points on an efficient 62% shooting from the field. Wong played 29 minutes off the bench and added 3 rebounds and 3 steals as he stepped up to help make up for the absence of Kris Rosales.

Wong’s previous playoff high was at 18 points while his career high is 25 points but he simply could not be stopped in Game 2 of the semifinals as he torched the net with long bombs and floaters.

The Slingers jumped on Hi-Tech early as the visitors exploded in the first quarter. The Slingers were in attack mode and crashed the offensive boards grabbing six offensive rebounds in the opening quarter which helped them take an early advantage against the ABL defending Champions.

An offensive rebound from Justin Howard led to a Wong basket at the 1:09 mark which gave the Slingers their first taste of a double-digit lead at 21-10. The Slingers would not look back from that point.

Slingers import Xavier Alexander got into foul trouble in the first half but even that could not take the Slingers off their game as they built a 48-29 halftime lead. This has been a worrying trend for the Slingers as fellow import Justin Howard was also saddled with early foul trouble in Game 1 of the series which the Slingers lost. This time the Slingers bench stepped up with high-scoring guard Wong Wei Long, Wu Qingde hitting long range jump shots in the third period which extended Singapore to a commanding 27 point lead, 65-38 midway through the 3rd quarter.

Hi-Tech showed their resolve as they refused to go down without a fight. Fred Goldstein, Chris Charles, and Steven Thomas heated up from the field as they trimmed their deficit down to 16 points, 70-54, at the end of the third quarter. Hi-Tech brought the lead down to 15 points in the fourth but that was the closest they’d get as Wong and Howard continued to shoot well in the closing period as the Slingers forced a do-or-die Game 3 decider at home on Sunday.

“We got a lot of opportunities in Game 1 but we did not hit our shots. We believed we could win and bring the series back to Singapore,” said Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang. “Today, we were very aggressive. We defended well individually and as a team. The quick start gave us the confidence we needed.”

Howard finished with 20 points and 23 rebounds as he bounced back big time after his lackluster and foul-plagued performance in Game 1. Wu Qingde started the game and chipped in 15 points while Delvin Goh stood tall against Charles with 12 points and 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Import Fred Goldstein led Hi-Tech with 20 points on 8 of 23 shooting from the field while fellow imports Steven Thomas and Chris Charles combined for 29 points and 22 rebounds.

“I thought we would struggle a bit when I sat down because of foul trouble but at the same time Wei Long was hot and Justin was hot so they picked up the slack,” said Alexander who still managed a decent stat-line with 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists

“We came ready to play and ready to take care of business. I’m excited because some of the fans were teary-eyed and some were even crying after our Game 1 loss. I’m just happy that we’ll get a chance to make it up to them.”

2015-16 ABL Semi Final

Game 3

SINGAPORE SLINGERS vs HITECH BANGKOK CITY

SUNDAY 6TH MARCH 2016

OCBC ARENA

4:00PM

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