Singapore Slingers dismantled Hong Kong Eastern in a blowout win for Game 1 of the semifinals with a score of 101-70. Photo: Sport Singapore
Singapore Slingers coach Neo Beng Siang sported the biggest smile of this ASEAN Basketball League season, after his team dismantled Hong Kong Eastern in a blowout win for Game 1 of the semifinals with a score of 101-70 at the OCBC Arena.
In what was supposed to be a close match, the Easterns' started out with good energy but their sloppy passes and lack of teamwork soon did them in.
For the home team, they stuck to their usual game plan of a tight defence, but this time managed to also deliver on the offensive end - and quickly raced their way to a strong lead.
A barrage of scoring from all over the roster ensued as John Fields held down the fort with 29 points, while fellow American imports Jerran Young and Xavier Alexander contributed 16 each. Power forward Delvin Goh posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Larry Liew and Ng Hanbin showed up with 11 and 9 points respectively.
Singapore Slingers' Xavier Alexander under close scrutiny by Hong Kong Eastern players. Photo: Sport Singapore
"This is real basketball for us. Overall we only committed a single-digit of nine turnovers, which is really good."
"One thing I'm really happy with is that we played as a team. We had 28 assists which shows that we trust one another. We need to keep on doing that and sticking together, to be mentally prepared going into Game 2."
"We can be happy, but we cannot be satisfied. It's not just going there and coming back for Game 3. We want to finish there and we have to believe in ourselves.
A deciding Game 3 of the semifinals will be played on April 21, if needed, at the OCBC Arena.
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