The Singapore Slingers notched their first home victory of the ABL 2018-19, dominating the Westports Malaysia Dragons to the tune of a 101-47 win in the OCBC Arena.
The 54 point winning margin is now the biggest in ABL league history, surpassing the 52 point win of the San Miguel Beermen vs the Saigon Heat on April 17, 2013.
The Slingers were led by World Import John Fields III, who chipped in a game high 25 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with 2 steals and 2 rebounds. Xavier Alexander also had a big night, as he set a new personal career high with 17 assists to along with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Every player fielded in by Coach Neo Beng Siang scored for the Slingers, including a double-digit scoring output for Russel Low off the bench with 12 points in 15 minutes of action. Bench points were completely in favor of the home team, as Singapore had 34 compared to Malaysia’s two points.
The Dragons, looking to recover from the devastating loss of Sundiata Gaines to injury and learning to play with a young team minus many of Malaysia’s national players, never looked comfortable from tipoff. The team was led by veteran World Import Chris Eversley’s 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Jonathan Wong led all local Dragons with 7 points and 3 rebounds. Debuting World Imports Nnanna Egwu and Shaun Bruce had shaky performances. Eguwi only churned out 12 points and 7 boards, while Bruce finished with a quiet 7 points on 3/16 from the field.
The writing was on the wall early for the Dragons, as Singapore raced to 15-0 lead in the first quarter behind three pointers from Ng Hanbin and Xavier Alexander. The lead stretched to 24 points in the period before settling on a 29-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Singapore was relentless for the remainder of the game, looking like a squad that was already comfortable with each other. The team only committed one turnover in the first half, key to the team’s 54-23 lead at the half.
The final 20 minutes continued to be a disaster for Malaysia, as Singapore kept attacking the inside with Fields and Alexander the major culprits. The Slingers limited the Dragons to only 24 points in the entire second half, as they cruised to the victory.
With the win, Singapore climbs to 2-1 in the season, while the Dragons open with an 0-1 slate.