The Singapore Slingers earned a huge road victory on Sunday by defeating the Formosa Dreamers, 88-80, at the Changhua County Stadium in Changhua City, Taiwan.
Jerran Young filled the stat sheet with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists. The fiery guard was relentless in attacking the basket, going 11-for-11 from the free throw line. John Fields was his usual dominant self with a double-double effort of 20 points and 15 boards.
In a face off between two early playoff contenders, the Slingers showed their might to the Dreamers.
A layup by Delvin Goh helped Singapore establish a 15-point advantage with eight minutes left in the game. But not wanting to disappoint the home crowd, the Dreamers unleashed an 11-0 run to cut the lead to just four points with four and a half minutes remaining. The Slingers quenched that furious rally courtesy of five straight points from Young to restore order.
The Dreamers kept fighting and got as close as three points, 80-83, after Will Artino converted on a pair of free throws under a minute remaining. Led by Fields, the Slingers delivered the finishing blow by scoring six straight points to close out the ball game.
The Slingers shot an efficient 46 percent from the field, including nine 3-pointers. Ng Hanbin was a deadeye from beyond the arc as he finished with four triples. The Slingers also had the edge in rebounding, 46-35, and in assists, 22-14. They also relied on their defense to limit their opponent to 39 percent shooting and were able to overcome their 19 turnovers.
For the Dreamers, local guard Kenneth Chien stood out with 23 points while Artino tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds. Malcolm Miller contributed 18 points while Tevin Glass added 16 points in a losing effort.
With the win, Singapore improves to a 6-3 record while handing Formosa its third loss of the season for a 7-3 card. The two teams will be back in action on Wednesday, January 9, as the Slingers face a familiar foe in Hong Kong Eastern while the Dreamers take on the Macau Black Bears.