The first meeting between the Singapore Slingers and the Westports Malaysia Dragons this season will also be the first leg of their annual Straits Cup. The two storied rivals, who battled each other in the ABL Finals two seasons ago, are right beside each other in the team standings and are hoping to move up and have a better spot as the elimination round progresses to its midway mark.
It’s been a storied rivalry between the two teams that has spanned over 30 games throughout the ABL’s existence. The Singapore Slingers have recently gained the edge over the Dragons with 4 straight wins to take a 16-14 lead in the series.
The Dragons will cap off their three-game homestand, hoping to get a clean sweep which will also be their fourth victory of the season.
After handling the challenge of the Formosa Dreamers last Sunday, Westports Malaysia scored the biggest victory of their season so far last Wednesday as they defeated the Saigon Heat who were coming off streak-ending victories over the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team and the Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club.
Joshua Munzon continued his stellar play as he has brought a different kind of energy for the Dragons since his arrival earlier this year. The lanky forward is currently averaging 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game which is the perfect compliment to their high-scoring import Marcus Marshall.
Westports Malaysia’s smaller World Import did not shoot well from the field in their last game but found other ways to help his team with a near triple-double. Marshall had 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists in their big victory.
The Slingers, on the other end, are raring to bounce back from a loss to the Mono Vampire Basketball Club at home. In that game, Xavier Alexander also flirted with a triple-double with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. Delvin Goh was also a big lift for Singapore with 13 points on 6 of 12 shooting from the field.
There will also be a couple of interesting player matchups in the contests where the Westports Malaysia and Singapore both get similar output from.
Their replacement World Imports in AJ West and Chris Charles have been exactly what the doctor ordered for their respective squads as their defensive mentality changed the entire look of their squads. For the locals, Ting Chun Hong and Ng Hanbin both produce about 10 points per game with 4 rebounds.
These two teams have always come up with exciting games when they go up against each other and this one should not be any different.