Game 76: Graham Led Slingers Roll Over Heat 73-67

Sunday April 29 2012, Tip-off 4pm local time, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore. Singapore Slingers ended the Saigon Heat’s playoffs dream after beating them 73-67 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this afternoon.

Louis Graham led the Slingers with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Kyle Jeffers also recorded a double-double with 20 points  and 14 rebounds for the Slingers who are still chasing Westports Malaysia Dragons for the fourth spot on the standings table.

The Heat’s defense held the Slingers’ shooting percentage at 34% in the first half as they led 34-31 at halftime.

A basket from Jonathan Jones with 6:34 left in the third quarter gave the Heat their biggest lead in the game at 39-33 but Graham quickly responded by scoring 8 straight points that trimmed the Heat’s lead to 42-41. An 8-2 run by the Slingers in the last 2:56 capped by a shot from Jeffers sent them to the fourth quarter with a 49-46 lead.

The momentum was carried by the Slingers to start the fourth quarter as they made a quick 6-0 run to take the 55-46 lead with 7:31 left in the game after a basket from Wong Wei Long.

Jonathan Jones, who finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds, tried to rally his team back to the game after his shot trimmed the Slingers’ lead further to 59-54 with 4:47 left in the game. On the next Heat possesion, Jahmar Thorpe missed a crucial three-point shot that could have put Heat within two points of the Slingers.

The Slingers ended the Heat’s hope of getting another win at Singapore Indoor Stadium after a basket from Don Dulay gave the Slingers a 69-58 lead with 1:20 left. Dulay finished with 9 points. The Slingers are now still at fifth on the standings with 8 wins and 10 losses. They will travel to Manila on Saturday May 5th to play against the AirAsia Philippine Patriots.

Thorpe had 16 points for the Heat who are now on the seventh position with a record of 6 wins and 12 losses. With this loss, the Heat’s cinderella story comes to an end. After a great story coming back from a 0-7 start, the Heat are elimininated from the playoffs race. The Heat will host Bangkok Cobras at Tan Binh Stadium on Wednesday May 2nd.

Slingers: Louis Graham – 29 points, Kyle Jeffers – 20 points, Don Dulay –  9 points,  Wong Wei Long – 8 points, Desmond Oh – 4 points, Vaughn Canta – 2 points, Sheng Yu – 1 point.

Heat: Jonathan Jones – 31 points, Jahmar Thorpe – 16 points, John Smith – 9 points, Noy Javier – 7 points, Rob Sanz – 4 points.

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Slingers 10 21 18 24 73
Heat 10 24 12 21 67