The Singapore Slingers built up momentum for the Playoffs, defeating Mono Vampire Club 100-88 in the OCBC Arena, Singapore.
With both squads playing their regular season finale, it was the Slingers that were able to prevail, and in doing so made history as well. A basket by Slingers World Import Xavier Alexander made him the all-time scorer in ABL history, as he eclipsed his former Singapore Slingers teammate Justin Howard for the milestone. For one of the most consistent World Imports, Alexander now stands on the mountaintop, now with 2,062 points in his ABL career and counting.
It was all part of another impressive all-around effort for Alexander, as he tallied 26 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Slingers. The home team was able to break the game wide open in the final period, as they built on a 13 point lead established at the end of three quarters. Back to back dunks by Slingers World Import Jerran Young was part of a surge that brought the lead to as big as 21 points, with 4:44 remaining. From then on, the Slingers were able to cruise to the victory, as they left Mono Vampire in the dust.
Young had a game high 32 points for Singapore, along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. He was all over the floor, showcasing his athleticism in transition that should make the Slingers a handfull come the Playoffs. John Fields also chipped in with a double-double performance of 14 points, 14 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Slingers also got excellent performances from their locals in Ng Han Bin and Delvin Goh. Han Bin had 14 points on 4/8 from beyond the arc, while Goh had an impressive double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Mono Vampire welcomed back Mike Singletary and Romeo Travis to their lineup, and the two chipped in 20 and 14 points respectively. Tyler Lamb tallied 12 points and 5 assists in the losing cause.
The Slingers end their regular season campaign on a high note, with an 18-8 card and home court advantage in the first round of the Playoffs as the third seed. They will lock horns with the Macau Black Bears at the OCBC Arena for Game 1.
Mono Vampire’s six game winning streak was snapped, however they did enough to barge into the Playoffs with an 11-15 slate. Their reward: a date with the Formosa Dreamers, as they travel on the road and try to take down the number one team in the Playoffs.