Don Dulay and Louis Graham had a sweet debut for the Singapore Slingers. Graham pulling 20 points and 10 rebounds and Dulay contributing 17 points, as the Slingers beat the Indonesia Warriors 73-66 in the second day of “To Be Number One Basketball Challenge” in Bangkok, Thailand. Slingers’ Center Pathman Matialakan was also a big factor in this game, scoring 15 points.
The Warriors had a rough first half, connecting only 9 field goals out of 35 tries. The Warriors lost their focus in the second quarter while the Slingers increased their defensive pressure. They were also limited to just 8 points in the second quarter and the first half ended with the Slingers leading 36-26.
The last 6 minutes of the game saw Warriors guard Mario Wuysang hitting back to back 3 pointers, sparking a 13-1 run to set up a tense finish, even taking the lead at 62-61 after Rony Gunawan’s 3-point shot at the 5 minute mark.
The Slingers were still able to keep their composure however, and Louis Graham and Don Dulay took back control in the last five minutes. Graham made two crucial baskets and Dulay hit a 3-point shot to secure the Slingers’ first win in the tournament.
Warriors big man Robbie Jackson had a tough game, managing only five field goals in 18 tries and finishing the game with 15 points. With their second loss in the tournament, the Warriors have eliminated from the tournament.