Singapore Slingers' Wong Wei Long in action at the OCBC Arena on 15 January 2017. Photo: Sport Singapore
After narrowly losing to the Alab Pilipinas on Friday, the Singapore Slingers overcame their minor setback to notch a convincing victory over the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions at the OCBC Arena on Sunday.
The home team won 82-72 against the visitors, claiming back the top spot in the ASEAN Basketball League.
“After the loss in the Philippines, the boys were a bit down especially when they were flying back to Singapore but the boys did a good job and bounced back straight away,” said Slingers coach Neo Beng Siang.
“They stuck the game plan which is what we want. We just kept rotating on our defensive end, especially Mitch on Elliott.
“In the second half with X (Xavier) on him, he did a pretty good job on him that’s why in the second half he only scored three.”
Singapore Slingers' Xavier Alexander in action at the OCBC Arena on 15 January 2017. Photo: Sport Singapore
While the imports often steal the limelight, today it was the local players who were the stars of the match.
Leon Kwek and Desmond Oh earned Co-Player of the Game honors with their performances on court. Kwek scored the team-high of 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and made four steals.
Slingers captain Oh finished the game with 13 points and three assists, and also made several important three-pointers late into the game.
“I’m happy to see Desmond step up big time especially since this game is big for us and we finished off with a win,” Neo said.
“We need more local players getting back on track and helping the team.”
While Oh’s coach was happy with his performance, Oh himself felt that he could have done better.
“Today I didn’t really do my hundred per cent. There were times I did some bad turnovers that might have cost the game,” the national team player said.
“I just rate myself today as six or seven. Just that today I made some big shots and helped the team out. I am just happy about that.”