After four grueling circuits and an unforgettable playoff series against the Saigon Heat, the Singapore
Slingers had some notable performances this season. Despite missing out on the championship series
several Slingers players finished the season in the ABL regular season top 5 in points, rebounds,
assists, steals and shooting percentage.

Even though the Slingers had a much younger squad then previous seasons they again proved that they
were not just there to compete during the 2023 ABL Invitational. Rather than just being competitive the
Slingers squad was just one basket away from advancing to yet another ABL Finals series. After winning
Game 1 of their best of 3 semi-final series against the host countries Saigon Heat in front of a parochial
Heat home crowd a gallant Slingers team would go down fighting in Games 2 and 3.

The Slingers blew their chances to put away game 2 and the series committing several shot clock
violations in the closing minutes leading to a 2 point overtime loss. Game 3 would follow a similar
pattern as both teams got out to double digit leads only to see their lead disappear. Again the Slingers
had their chances but just couldn’t finish when it mattered most. The Slingers would had one last chance
to steal the game but Saigon would hold on in a frantic finish to the match. The Slingers would lose a 1
point thriller in the deciding game and miss out on the finals series.

 

 

Although the Slingers season didn’t end the way the team and their fans hoped there were plenty of
standout performances by Slingers players during the 2023 ABL Invitational and the playoffs. New
import recruits Kentrell (KB) Barkley and Chanceler (CJ) Gettys showed why they were brought into the
Slingers lineup making a big impact in their debut season.

 

 

Barkley would lead the league in scoring finishing with 27.4 points per game on shooting 54.2% shooting
from the field. KB was also one of the league’s top rebounding guards adding 10.8 rebounds per game.
After a relatively slow start to his ABL campaign Slingers centre CJ Gettys got better with every outing
and was one of the Slingers better performers in the playoffs.. CJ averaged 20.8 points per game on
53.2% shooting, including shooting 45.7% from the 3 point line during the playoffs. Gettys would also
average 11.9 rebounds per game which put him in the top 4 rebounders in the league.

 

 

Slingers Veteran import Xavier Alexander dished out a league leading 6.9 assist per game while having
the job of shutting down the oppositions key scorer.

 

 

The Slingers had some good contributions from local veterans Delvin Goh and Kelvin Lim throughout the
season. Local rookie Jun Hao Mah (Jackson) made headlines in his debut season with the Slingers
knocking down some big shots coming off the Slingers bench. Jackson averaged 7.5 points per game,
most of his points coming from behind the arc. Jackson finished the season knocking down 44.7% of his
shots from 3 point range which was the second best 3 point shooting percentage league wide.

With a younger roster the Slingers did struggle with consistency at times especially in some of the bigger
matches but at the same time this Slingers squad was one of the more resilient teams in past history
coming back from deficits time after time showing their fighting spirit.

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