Singapore Slingers' Ng Han Bin (white) going for a shot while under pressure from a Mono Vampire player. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Singapore Slingers emerged victorious against the Mono Vampires with a score of 100-89 in their last match of the regular season of the Asean Basketball League at the OCBC Arena on Sunday (March 24).
The win puts them in the top 4 of the league at current, and earns them a home court advantage in the upcoming playoffs.
The Slingers sported good energy against their Thai visitors and maintained the lead from start to end - taking advantage of the opponents' airballs and missed passes with quick steals to lead 58-44 at half-time.
Slingers' American import Jerran Young scored a game high of 32 points, along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Xavier Alexander (right), scored 26 points to become the ABL's all-time leading scorer with 2,062 points. Photo: Sport Singapore
Swingman Xavier Alexander, scored 26 points - 16 in the first half - to become the ABL's all-time leading scorer with 2,062 points.
With the game in the bag, coach Neo Beng Siang fielded local players Lim Jun Yuan, Tay Ding Loon, Larry Liew, Russel Low and Lavin Raj in the final three minutes - a decision that he admits could have gone terribly wrong, but was necessary to help them build confidence.
"I wasn't really happy with them [the locals' performance], we were up by 18 and with three minutes on the clock, anything could happen. They were not really in the game even with an easy layup and easy shots," said Neo.
"It was a good effort from the players but we need to really focus and we can't be sloppy in the playoffs. For them, they have to feel confident after this regular season, especially our locals."
The Slingers will take on Macau Black Bears next in the playoffs. Get your tickets here.