The Singapore Slingers started their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) playoff run on the right foot after notching a 102-91 victory at home over the Macau Black Bears in Game 1.
Singapore as a team shot 65 percent from the floor, as John Fields led all scorers with 31 points and Jerran Young added 20 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two steals and two blocks.
Xavier Alexander flirted with another triple-double (25 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists), while local big man Delvin Goh was sensational with a 90 percent FG (18 markers to go with eight boards).
But it was in fact not easy for Slingers until a 12-2 run in the middle of the fourth quarter allowed them to take their biggest lead at 16 as the visitors tried their best in the previous three quarters to keep up and avoid being blown out for the third straight time this season.
On the other hand, the missed three-pointers turned out to be the poison for Macau once again against Singapore’s defense (21 combined missed attempts).
The Black Bears actually played a lot better from the inside than they did in their last game with Ryan Watkins dominated the glass by scoring 30 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, nine of which were offensive boards.
Despite having his second consecutive off-shooting game against Singapore, Mikh McKinney still finished with a solid performance of 21 points, nine assists, and three steals while Dewarick Spencer had 25 points and six dimes.
Macau undoubtedly wants to snap its four-game losing streak against the Slingers and there is no better time to do it than hosting the two-time ABL runner-up while facing elimination in game 2 on Thursday, April 4 at the International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China.
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