A hot start and an all-around defensive effort were all the Singapore Slingers needed to dominate the Macau Black Bears, 98-88, Friday night at the OCBC Arena.
The hosts ran the visiting team off the floor right from the opening tip as they established an 8-0 lead. Playing airtight defense and running on every opportunity, the Slingers raced to a 22-3 in the first eight minutes of the game. The Black Bears were held without a field goal until roughly two minutes left in the quarter as Anthony Tucker finally got one to go.
The fast-paced offense and impenetrable defense paved the way for the Slingers’ third win of the season.
John Fields muscled his way to 32 points while adding nine rebounds and seven assists. Fields had no trouble finding the bottom of the net, going 15-for-18 from the floor. Xavier Alexander battled through early foul trouble and still managed to come up with 16 points, nine rebounds, eight assists. The X-Man committed eight of his team’s 14 turnovers but it hardly mattered in the lopsided contest.
Singapore held a 24-12 first quarter lead and continued to pour it on in the second with a 31-point outburst. After halftime, the lead ballooned to as high as 23 points after a Jarren Young slam that made it 67-44.
Young finished with 12 points, seven boards, and five dimes but Singapore also got a huge boost from local big man Delvin Goh with his 20-point, 10-rebound outing.
Singapore scored a whopping 70 points in the paint, establishing its dominance in the shaded area. The Slingers once again displayed their passing game, as evident by their 28-14 assist advantage.
The Black Bears came into the game as the number one team on offense with 112.0 points per contest but were shackled by the top-notch defense of the Slingers. They finished with a respectable 45 percent shooting clip and were able to cut the lead to eight points but the final score was a mere formality at that juncture.
Anthony Tucker and Mikh McKinney had 26 points apiece for Macau. The missing piece for the visiting squad was Ryan Watkins who was smothered by the defense to finish with just 11 points on nine shot attempts. Although he did have 16 rebounds, his scoring average of 29.2 points was badly needed.
The Slingers, 3-1, hope to extend their winning streak to four games when they take on the Wolf Warriors on December 9.
The Black Bears, on the other hand, settle for 3-2 in the standings. After playing all fives games on the road, they’ll finally get the chance to play on their home floor when they matchup against the CLS Knights on December 2.