The Singapore Slingers are looking to wrap up a return trip to the Finals, and all they need is one more win in the Semifinals of the ASEAN Basketball League.
There’s one problem- standing in their way Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team, determined to win Game 2 and send it back to Singapore for a deciding Game 3.
The Slingers dominated Hong Kong Eastern in Game 1, leading from beginning to end and never looking back. With John Fields flexing his muscles, alongside Xavier Alexander and Delvin Goh’s contributions, the Slingers caught Hong Kong Eastern napping, and the visiting team paid the price.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of Game 1 was just how dominant the Slingers looked against Hong Kong, considering that their opponents had just got through defeating the defending champions in the Quarterfinals. But unfortunately Hong Kong provided little resistance against the home team, and Singapore dominated them inside the OCBC Arena en route to the 101-70 victory. Now the question is whether Hong Kong will be able to solve the Slingers’ defense that limited them to 34% shooting. Do they have another gear to get to, in order to extend their season?
The former World MVP Marcus Elliott was one of the few bright spots for Hong Kong Eastern, delivering for his team with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. As a veteran of the squad in his third year with the team, Elliott will be counted on heavily in this elimination game.
The missing piece for Hong Kong in Game 1 was O’Darien Bassett, who was ice cold shooting 3/15 from the field and also committing 4 turnovers. However, Bassett is much better than what his performance showed, and should be in line for a big comeback in Game 2.
Standing tall for the Slingers in Game 1 was John Fields, who tallied a monstrous double-double of 29 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Fields has patrolled the paint for Singapore all season long- does he have one big performance in him for a triumphant Finals return?
One player who has seen it all for the Slingers was Delvin Goh, and he knows what it takes to make it to the top. He was brilliant in Game 1, coming close to a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds. He completely outplayed all the locals of Hong Kong, and was a game changer for the Slingers.
Will Hong Kong Eastern be able to force a do-or-die game, or will the Slingers roar back into the Finals?