Singapore Slingers' Krismoir Rosales in action (Photo by Sport Singapore)
The Singapore Slingers continued their red hot form, romping to their 10th consecutive win after defeating Saigon Heat 84-69 at the OCBC Arena on Sunday.
Saigon came to Singapore in high spirits off the back of an overtime win against defending ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions Hi-Tech Bangkok City on Friday, only to fall to the in-form Slingers on their home ground.
Within minutes of the start of the match, the Slingers raced off to a 9-1 lead, with point guard Krismoir Rosales leading the way. The hosts finished the first quarter 24-14 ahead and maintained a comfortable lead for the rest of the match.
The dual threat of big man Justin Howard dominating under the basket with a game high of 16 rebounds and Wong Wei Long threatening from outside the three-point line with five three-pointers proved too much for Heat to handle.
Singapore Slingers' Wong Wei Long in action (Photo by Sport Singapore)
While it was a comfortable win for the hosts, Rosales was not completely happy with their performance and admitted that they had some areas to work on.
“I thought we played good, but there were still a couple of areas that we had [to improve on]. A couple of turnovers, some defensive rotations that we kind of gave away,” said Rosales, who led the Slingers' scoreboard with 20 points.
“In both ends, defense and offense, we are lacking in some extra effort. On the lose balls, we don't really go for it,” said Slingers' coach Neo Beng Siang, who will be stepping down from this national team duties at the end of February.
The Slingers will next face Hi-Tech Bangkok this Friday 5 February, and after the nail-biter from two weeks ago, Neo said the team will be doing their homework before facing them again.
“We need to look at the footage and study what is good, what are the advantages and disadvantages for us, and look at how they play and how they counter attack.”