The Singapore Slingers suffered a narrow overtime defeat to the CLS Knights of Indonesia after going down 99-95. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Singapore Slingers suffered a narrow overtime defeat to the CLS Knights of Indonesia after going down 99-95 at the OCBC Arena on Sunday (March 10), one that could very well have cost them their second place goal in the competition.
Head coach of the Slingers Neo Beng Siang was disappointed with his team's performance, attributing their loss to complacency.
Unable to close up the gap, the home team found themselves playing catchup from the get-go, trailing behind the Knights by 10 points by the end of the third quarter.
To make things worse, big man John Fields fouled out early in the final quarter, leaving fellow imports Jerran Young and Xavier Alexander to carry the team forward. A pep talk by Coach Neo saw the Slingers fight back in the final period, where Young stepped up and brought the arena to life as he forced overtime after managing to land two free throws with 6 seconds left on the clock.
The home team found themselves playing catchup from the get-go, trailing behind the Knights by 10 points by the end of the third quarter. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Slingers looked to be back in business as 41-pointer Jerran Young scored another 5 points to put his team in the lead for the first time since the start of the match -- but a couple of failed turnarounds and a few missed free throws by Xavier Alexander was all it took for the Knights to gain second wind in OT and outlast the Slingers.
Slingers will go against the Mono Vampires in the next home game on Sunday, March 24 at 4pm.
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