The Singapore Slingers continued their mastery over the Saigon Heat on Sunday, earning a 76-70 victory at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
It was the third straight time that the Slingers have gotten the upper hand against the Heat in the ninth season of the ASEAN Basketball League. The win also pushed the record of Singapore to 10 wins and seven losses while Saigon has suffered its fourth consecutive setback to settle for a 10-8 record.
Jerran Young put up 21 points and 10 rebounds as he led three other Slingers in double figures. John Fields once again ended up with a double-double, collecting 16 points and 15 rebounds while Xavier Alexander had an all-around game of 15 points, seven boards, and six assists. Delvin Goh got into the scoring as well as he tallied 12 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
It was in the second quarter that the Slingers broke their opponent’s back. They held the visiting Heat to just five points in a stunning display of defense. Outside an and-one play from Chris Dierker and a layup from returning World Import Kyle Barone, the Heat couldn’t buy a bucket in the second period. The cherry on top for Singapore in the lopsided quarter was a driving layup from Desmond Oh while drawing a foul from Corey Cilia to establish a 47-24 lead.
Singapore led by as much as 25 points, anchored by its dominating first half. The Heat would eventually find their bearings in the last two periods and outscored the Slingers, 46-29, but the hole was too deep for them to climb out of.
Trevon Hughes had 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and four steals for the Heat. Dierker meanwhile continued his stellar play for 16 points and seven boards. The missing pieces for Saigon were the lack of production from its remaining two World Imports. Murphy Burnatowski, who puts up roughly 20 points per game, had a 4-for-13 shooting night to finish just 13 points and Barone returned from his injury to add just five points in limited minutes.
The Slingers shot 42 percent from the field while holding the Heat to just 34 percent. The home team also outrebounded the visiting squad, 54-44.
Singapore will have more than a week’s rest before it takes on the Westports Malaysia Dragons in back-to-back games on February 22 and 24. Saigon meanwhile will look to finally end its losing streak when it visits the Formosa Dreamers on the 16th.