The Singapore Slingers claimed a 76-72 victory in their first home game of the season over the Macau Wolf Warriors behind a tremendous defensive effort and an outstanding Xavier Alexander performance.
The home team took early command in the game’s opening period, limiting the Wolf Warriors to just 10 points in the first 10 minutes of play. However, the visitors refused to go away, slowly chipping away at their deficit as the game progressed to take their first lead early in the fourth quarter.
From the point onward, both teams exchanged baskets and leads down the final stretch.
The Slingers’ Marcus Elliot continued to struggle from the field, finishing with 15 points on just 5-for-17 shooting, but the import guard delivered in crunch time, hitting a dagger 3-pointer with under a minute remaining. Leon Kwek then followed that up with a steal and layup to put the icing on the cake.
For 40 minutes, Singapore’s suffocating defense limited every Wolf Warriors starter to under 37 percent shooting. Red hot in their previous game against the Macau Black Bears, Scotty Ewing and Julian Boyd were both held to under double-digit points, while Douglas Herring failed to convert on all of his attempts from beyond the arc despite recording 21 markers. The trio combined to make just one 3-pointer in 17 attempts.
Steven Thomas added a monstrous effort off the glass, hauling in 20 rebounds (eight offensive) to go along with 12 points while Cai Chen chipped in 13.
On the home side, reigning World Import MVP Xavier Alexander added to his league history leading triple-double tally (8) with a performance of 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Anthony McClain also had an impressive showing as the big man finished with 19 points, 15
Both teams will see action again January 5th as visitors, with the Wolf Warriors (2-4) travelling to the Philippines to play against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and the Slingers (1-1) flying to Taiwan for a game against the Formosa Dreamers.
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