Game 38: Jahmar Thorpe Scores 24 Points in Debut as Heat Beat Slingers

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 8 PMlocal time tip off, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

It did not take long for Jahmar Thorpe to show his coach what he can do on the court.  Thorpe, who just joined the Heat, led all scoring with 24 points in his debut with Saigon Heat to beat the Singapore Slingers 72-67 tonight.

Slingers and Heat were struggling to shoot the ball, both teams only completing a 35% field goal percentage in this game. Slingers did not help themselves by only making 14 free throws from 25 attempts.

Donald Little finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the Slingers. The Slingers were leading 35-52 going to the third quarter but Thorpe and Jones combined for 16 points to help the Heat outscore the Slingers 26-16 in the third.

The Slingers were down by as many as 7 points with four minutes left in the final quarter before Don Dulay scored 5 straight points to make it 65-67 with 2:38 left. Louis Graham, who finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds, tied the game at 67 with 1:37 left.

Heat’s John Smith, who has been struggling with his shots all season long, hit a key field goal to make it 69-67 with 20 seconds left on the clock. Then teammate Noy Javier converted one of his two free throws to make it 70-67. Slingers did not get a chance to tie the ball game as Vaughn Canta turned the ball over with 5 seconds left.

This is Heat’s second straight win under new coach Jason Rabedeaux. Heat’s big man Jonathan Jones contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds while John Smith also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.

The Slingers will try to regroup and snap their five-game losing streak when they travel to Thailand to play against Bangkok Cobras this Sunday the 11th of March 2012. Saigon Heat will look to carry momentum from this big win in Singapore when they host Westports Malaysia Dragons on Sunday at the Tan Binh Stadium in Vietnam.

Slingers: Louis Graham – 21pts, Donald Little – 13pts, Don Dulay – 11pts, Wong Wei Long – 8pts, Desmond Oh – 6pts, Lim Sheng Yu – 4pts, Vaughn Canta – 4pts

Heat: Jahmar Thorpe – 24pts, Jonathan Jones – 14pts, John Smith – 12pts, Noy Javier – 8pts, Robert Sanz – 7pts, Minh Trieu – 4pts, Duong Nguyen – 3pts

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Slingers 16 19 16 16
Heat 15 17 26 14