The Saigon Heat stopped their three game losing skid, dealing the Singapore Slingers a 81-69 loss in the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The Heat were led by a splendid performance from World Import De Angelo Hamilton, as he tallied 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks. He was instrumental in helping the Heat get off to a big first quarter run. A basket by Desmond Oh at the 5:56 mark of the first quarter tied the game at 13-all, but Saigon finished the first period with a 14-2 run to give take a 27-15 run into the second quarter, and its biggest lead of the game at 12 points.
The Slingers came to within 2 points in the 4th quarter, as the Slingers’ Xavier Alexander buried a triple to cap an 11-2 run, getting to within 2 points with 6:42 remaining. With the Slingers breathing down their neck, Hamitlon took the reigns and helped Saigon pull ahead once again, as he teamed with Kyle Barone to score eight straight points to get the lead back to 10 points at the 3:38 mark of the game. A jumper by Barone at the 1:29 mark, the Heat’s final field goal of the game would prove to be enough for the Heat to cruise to the victory over the Slingers.
The Heat got solid performances from Trevon Hughes (19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals), and Kyle Barone (17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists) to help spearhead the win for the Heat. Dang Tran Khoa and Corey Cilia also chipped in 10 and 8 points respectively.
The Slingers were paced by World Import John Fields’ double-double of 25 points and 20 rebounds. Xavier Alexander struggled from the field with a 4/13 shooting night, but he still had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Saigon forced Singapore into 24 turnovers, and were able to capitalize with 33 points off them. The Slingers struggled from the field in shooting, as they only made 4/13 from beyond the arc compared to 10/33 for the Heat.
The Slingers still remain in 3rd place at 14-10, half a game ahead of the BTN CLS Knights. Depending on how their final games play out, the Slingers could still hold on to the third seed, or they could fall to as low as 5th place and lose home court advantage in the Playoffs. The Slingers will face the surging Macau Black Bears in their final game of the eliminations.
The Heat rise to 13-12, currently at 6th place in the standings. The highest Saigon can reach is is 5th place, with one game remaining ahead in the eliminations against the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas