The Singapore Slingers won their last game on survival instinct alone and now they’ll try to keep it going as they face off against the luckless Mono Vampire at the OCBC Arena.
Down by two points against the Wolf Warriors, Jerran Young threw up a shot from beyond mid-court, not knowing that they still had seven seconds remaining to look for a better shot. This somehow worked out for the Slingers as Xavier Alexander sank two free throws to force overtime.
In the extra period, the Slingers had to scratch their way back into the game again as they found themselves down by five points with only two minutes remaining. They closed the game out by scoring the final nine points and completing the improbable comeback.
John Fields starred for Singapore against the Wolf Warriors as they flashed his might against Eddy Curry. The Slinger big man had 36 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks to lead the attack.
Alexander was not far behind as he finished a little shy of a triple-double with 26 points, nine rebounds, and 11 assists. The long-time Singapore import has been playing so well as of late he can make a serious push for averaging a triple-double in the regular season.
Mono Vampire, on the other end, simply could not catch a break. Just when they get a good big man import in Malcolm White, who was still trying to get his groove in his first couple of games, the Thai squad lost Mike Singletary to a suspension against the CLS Knights Indonesia after he committed a tough foul in their game against the Saigon Heat.
With the locals not really providing good contributions all season long, the pressure was all on the imports of Mono Vampire. White had a respectable output with a double-double but Brickman was far from his deadly form with only 4 points on 2 of 15 shooting from the field.
The big difference between these two teams right now is that Singapore’s locals have been finding ways to contribute while the supposedly more talented crew of Mono Vampire have been shying away from the spotlight.
Singapore was able to bank on Delvin Goh for 14 points and nine rebounds against the Wolf Warriors while Tay Ding Loon provided the outside sniping that was usually the responsibility of the injured Ng Hanbin.
For Mono Vampire to have a shot against the Slingers, they’ll need their locals to make things a little easier for their imports. If Goh can finish close to a double-double, then Teerawat Chanthachon should also be gunning for the same.
It might still be early in the season but this was clearly not the start that Mono Vampire wanted. They’re not yet close to being eliminated but they’re teetering at the edge and are in desperate need for a win.