Wong Wei Long is back in the ASEAN Basketball League Finals for the third time in his career.
The former Singapore Slingers guard was not able to face his old team in Game 1 due to an eye injury he suffered in the semifinals but was activated for Game 2. He registered just three points, three rebounds, and three assists as the Slingers won by 20 points, tying the series.
“We had a game plan, we followed the game plan, but our shots came up short,” Wei Long said. “Nevertheless, the Slingers played ready. They dove for every single [loose] ball. it was a well-deserved win.”
For Wei Long, there were no mixed feelings go up against the team where he spent seven seasons with. Likewise, he was laser-focused in the game despite playing in front of the crowd that watched him since early in his career.
“It’s just business,” he casually said on being back to OCBC Arena. “I’m very excited when I came in here to play Game 2.”
Wei Long talked to a few of his former teammates before the game and even interacted with the crowd afterward. He may seem familiar inside the Slingers’ homecourt, but his allegiance now lies with the Knights. And as the series heads to Surabaya, he is excited for the crowd support waiting for him and his teammates.
“We’re waiting for them (Slingers) back home with a rowdy crowd, a hostile crowd,” he said eagerly, noting that getting a split in Singapore was huge. “I’m excited. I welcome them back to our home.”
“It’s very tough to win at our home. We’re all excited about Game 3 and Game 4.”
After a storied career for the Slingers, the former two-time Local MVP is ready to give his all for his new team.
“I think CLS has a very, very good management team. A championship for them is big for me and for the team,” he said. “I do really want to get one for them because they really treat the players really, really, excellently well. That’s the only gift I can give to CLS.”