The Singapore Slingers will try to stay alive in the ABL Playoffs, as they host the Mono Vampire Basketball Club in Game 2 of their ABL Quarterfinals series.
It was a thriller down the stretch in Game 1, as Mono Vampire was able to escape the tough defense of the Slingers and grab a thrilling victory, 85-82. Led by clutch triples from Paul Zamar in the final period, Mono Vampire was able to stay ahead of the Slingers in a back and forth contest that saw Chris Charles almost hit a desperation triple, if not for a foul committed by Zamar right before Charles’ shots.
However the Slingers should be encouraged by the fact that they were right there down the stretch. Now they’re hoping that the friendly confines of the OCBC Arena will be enough to send it to a deciding Game 3.
It went down the wire in Stadium 29 in Bangkok City, as Mono Vampire was able to hold serve against the rugged Singapore Slingers. In a game where Mike Singletary struggled from the field, the Thai-based squad needed help from the locals and Heritage imports. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai and Paul Zamar answered the call, delivering clutch scoring that helped Mono Vampire pull it out in the end.
Though Sam Deguara wasn’t his usual double-double self, Deguara was still effective, particularly on the offensive end. He paced his team with 21 points, contending with the former ABL Defensive Player of the Year Chris Charles all game long.
On the the other hand, Charles was a warrior for the Slingers, dominating in the middle. He could not be stopped, and was efficient on the floor with 26 points and a force on the defensive end with 23 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Xavier Alexander was a triple double threat for the Slingers with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, the usual two-way force that has powered Singapore all throughout the season. Though his team fell short in the end, count on Alexander to give it his all with the Slingers’ backs against the wall.
The Slingers have their backs against the wall, and Mono Vampire is ready to set a date with Chong Son Kung Fu in the Semi-Finals. Will they move on in Game 2, or can the Slingers send it to a deciding Game 3?