The Singapore Slingers aim to defend their homecourt and keep the Saigon Heat winless as the two teams matchup in ASEAN Basketball League action this Wednesday at the OCBC Arena in Singapore, 8 PM local time (GMT+8).
The Slingers are coming off back-to-back losses in Taiwan against the Taipei Fubon Braves and the Formosa Dreamers and have settled for a 1-3 record. In both games, Singapore was not able to keep up with the opposition in the fourth quarter. They started flat on both occasions, allowing an 11-0 run from the Braves and a 17-4 blast against the Dreamers, resulting in two tough defeats.
A good sign for the Slingers despite the losses is the resurgence of Marcus Elliott against the Dreamers. The former World Import MVP had his best scoring game so far wearing a Singapore uniform as he posted 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four assists. He caught fire in the second quarter and already had 6 points at the half but unfortunately cooled down significantly in the latter quarters. Nonetheless, his scoring has been sorely missed by the Slingers and his output versus Formosa should bode well for the team moving forward.
The Heat, meanwhile, have lost their first two outings in Season 10. They were blown out by the Mono Vampire Basketball Club in their season debut before the Dragons trampled over them in their second game.
Sam Thompson has been the top contributor for Saigon so far especially coming off a 22-point, 14-rebound game versus the Dragons. It was a bounce back performance after his quiet 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting in his debut.
After two games, the Heat are the lowest scoring team in the league with 66.0 per game. Putting points on the scoreboard has been a struggle, to say the least. Similarly, the Slingers have the same problem. Singapore is ninth in scoring with 78.3 points per game.
It could be a slow and defensive game between these two squads. The stars of each team have to bring their A-game in order to pull out a win.
The Slingers and the Heat are both eager to bounce back from their previous defeats and improve their team records.