Xavier Alexander delivered an all-around performance to lead Singapore to a 76-72 victory over the Macau Wolf Warriors as the Slingers notched their first win in the 10th season of the ASEAN Basketball League Sunday at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
The reigning World Import MVP had a stellar line of 23 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, earning him his eighth career triple-double. As Alexander filled the stat sheet, it was Marcus Elliott who drilled the clutch triple with under a minute remaining to put Singapore up by four, 72-68. Leon Kwek was then able to get the ball back for the home team and convert on a layup that eventually secured the win.
Elliott had 15 points on 5-for-17 shooting as well as eight rebounds in his first game in front of Singapore fans. Fellow World Import Anthony McClain provided a double-double of 19 points and 15 boards.
The Slingers were able to hold the Wolf Warriors to just 30 percent shooting from the field in the low-scoring ball game. They also went to work in the paint, outscoring their opponent, 46-36. Both teams struggled with their outside shooting as the Slingers went 2-for-17 from downtown while the Wolf Warriors were hardly better at 4-for-29.
Douglas Herring led the Wolf Warriors with 21 points, six rebounds, and five assists and Steven Thomas ruled the glass with 20 rebounds to along with 10 points. Macau was missing the production of its other key players as Julian Boyd was limited to just nine points on a woeful 4-for-18 shooting clip. Local sensation Scott Ewing mustered only four points in the loss.
Singapore finally barges into the win column to hold a 1-1 record while Macau settles for a 2-4 card. The Slingers will be back in action on January 4 versus the Taipei Fubon Braves. On the other hand, the Wolf Warriors hope to bounce back against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on January 5.