The Singapore Slingers survive the Macau Black Bears in Game 3 of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) quarterfinals, 81-79.
Jerran Young hit the go-ahead jumper at the top of the key to give Singapore the lead with 17 seconds remaining in the game.
Mikh McKinney and Ryan Watkins each had a chance to win the game for Macau, but missed both attempts.
After John Fields split his free throws on the other side, McKinney had yet a final chance to win the game, but his jumper missed off the back iron.
The Black Bears had a slow start and found themselves trailing by nine point halfway through the second quarter, allowing the Black Bears to claw back behind Dewarick Spencer’s 13 first-half points and enter the break down by just three.
Macau stormed back in the third period to take a 60-59 lead going into the deciding quarter.
After both teams went back-and-forth, Xavier Alexander made two consecutive field goals off putbacks, giving the Slingers a 78-74 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
However, he fouled Mikh McKinney on the succeeding possession, consequently fouling out of the game with 24 points and eight assists.
McKinney tried to will the Black Bears to two consecutive wins, but ultimately came up short.
John Fields finished with 23 points and 11 boards, while Jerran Young had 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists, including the eventual game deciding shot.
Dewarick Spencer led all scorers with 28 points, and Mikh McKinney finished with 18 points, 10 dimes, and seven rebounds. Ryan Watkins added 15 and 10 in the disappointing loss for Macau.
Singapore will meet Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ABL semifinals, after the latter pulled off a surprise 2-0 sweep of the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas earlier this week.
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