Two squads on different trajectories collide, as the struggling Singapore Slingers host the red hot Saigon Heat at the OCBC Arena in Singapore. The Lion City will roar with basketball action beginning 4PM local time.
Currently on a two game losing streak, the Slingers are aiming to slow down the Heat, winners of their last four games. The Heat have done it via tremendous local support for their talented World Imports, their latest victory being over Mono Vampire Basketball Club on the road.
The Heat have been on an incredible roll, currently the hottest team in the ABL. The Heat broke open the game in the 4th quarter, going on an 11-0 to open up what was a tight ballgame in their favor. And with Dierker dunking everything in sight in the last few minutes, it was Saigon that would remain on top once again with the 98-83 win.
Chris Dierker put up a monster game against Mono Vampire, as the high flying forward finished with 18 points, a career high 15 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Mono Vampire had no answer for Dierker’s strength and athleticism, and he dominated the paint to help the Heat’s cause.
The Slingers on the other hand suffered a loss to the BTN CLS Knights on the road, as they were unable to match the firepower of the Indonesia-based squad. The offensive woes have been a serious issue for Singapore, as their World Imports have struggled to get enough support to pull off wins.
The Knights’ offense trumped the Slingers’, in a game that meant a lot because of Singapore basketball legend Wong Wei Long playing against his former team for the first time. The Knights were determined to go all out to help Wong pick up the win, and the Slingers obliged them by struggling from the field. As a result, the Slingers had to witness Wong and the Knights celebrating their 89-74 win at their expense.
Xavier Alexander was his usual solid self, posting 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the game. Though Alexander has always been consistent, he’s at his best when his teammates are also chipping in, and he can penetrate, distribute, and spread the floor.
Part of the Slingers’ struggles from the field have been the lack of contributions from the locals players. In the loss to the Knights, no local player scored more than 5 points, despite having talented veterans like Delvin Goh and Desmond Oh in the lineup. The Slingers were missing Larry Liew and Ng Han Bin, and they will be sorely needed against a talented team like the Heat.
The Heat have a chance to stretch their season high winning streak to five games, while the Slingers are determined to end their losing ways. Which squad will prevail in this ABL Sunday showdown?