The Singapore Slingers secured the third place in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) standings after beating the Macau Black Bears on the road, 89-70.

It certainly looked like another sloppy road game for the visiting tean as they were unable to score more than 17 points in each of the two opening quarters, and led Macau by five at the half.

But the Slingers picked it up in the second half with a dominating performance, living up to their reputation as a defensive powerhouse, limiting Macau to below 20 markers a quarter, and at the same time exceeding expectations as an outside shooting team (making 56 percent from threes).

The Black Bears struggled from the field after their imports combined for 34 missed attempts, especially the guard duo of Mikh McKinney (12 points and eight assists) and Dewarick Spencer (11 points, seven rebounds, and five assists), who both recorded under 30 percent field goal shooting.

Fellow import Ryan Watkins had a double-double of 23 and 14 to go along with three steals and a couple blocks, while no others Black Bear finished in double figures.

On the other hand, Singapore’s import trio excelled in this game as Jerran Young played one of his best games in Slingers jersey with 35 points, including nine made threes which is a league record for a world import, plus six rebounds and five steals.

Xavier Alexander put up his sixth ABL triple-double (13 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists) to tie with Hong Kong Eastern’s Marcus Elliot for the all-time record while John Fields added a double-double of 18 and 10.

The Slingers (15-10) will travel back to the Lion City to host the Mono Vampire basketball club on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Macau Black Bears have already finished the season with 14 wins and 12 defeats and will have to wait for all the remaining games of the regular season to end to know their position as well as playoffs matchup.

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