The Wolf Warriors and Singapore Slingers aim to avoid losing two games in a row, as they clash in Doumen Gymnasium in Zhuhai. Tipoff is 8PM local time.
The Wolf Warriors are smarting from a big loss to San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on the road, as they were unable to stop the Philippine-based squad from detonating from beyond the arc. Though they got good performances from several players, the defense of the Wolf Warriors was what let them down.
The Wolf Warriors surrendered a whopping 16 triples in the 105-95 loss to Alab Pilipinas. Down by as many as 28 points due to the offensive onslaught of the defending champions, the Wolf Warriors also gave up 32 fastbreak points, while only making two points in that category. Their defense in transition is a big area that needs improvement.
Mike Bell, talented World Import of the Wolf Warriors, kept the fight going even when things were getting dim for his squad. He finished with a solid double-double performance of 20 points and 13 rebounds, as well as a couple of dunks to let out the frustrations of the loss. Look for Bell to make Xavier Alexander and Jerran Young work for every defensive sequence.
The Slingers on the other hand were leading for majority of the game against Hong Kong Eastern, however the fourth quarter become a nightmare for them as their defense also faltered down the stretch.
The Slingers were looking good on the road against Hong Kong Eastern in Southorn Stadium before a surge by the home team changed their fortunes. Singapore’s struggles on offense reared its ugly head once again, as they only made 4 triples compared to 9 for Hong Kong. As a result, they fell behind and were eventually overcome, 88-81.
Xavier Alexander did everything in his power to keep the Slingers within striking distance of Hong Kong Eastern down the stretch. With his team struggling in scoring, the X-Man of the Slingers decided to put on his scoring hat and battle with Hong Kong to the tune of 29 points along with 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals.
With teams determined to bounce back from disappointing defeats, look for ABL Friday night action to be a slam bang affair.