FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
Tyler Lamb is cooler than cold.
Looking past his game-high 30 points on 50 percent shooting and 39 minutes of floor time, Tyler Lamb came through in the clutch when Hong Kong Eastern needed it the most. With the Slingers down by just two points and poised for a comeback, Lamb drilled a mid-range jumper with 1:44 remaining in the final period that iced the game and unofficially sealed the victory for the visiting side.
Slingers front-line bring Standhardinger back down to Earth.
Coming off a 40-point, 17-rebound performance, where he had his way against a formidable Mono Vampire team, Christian Standhardinger was looking to continue his strong start to the season against the Slingers. Similar to what happened during the 2017 SEA Games when Gilas Pilipinas faced off against Singapore in the semi-finals, the Singaporean front-line held up against the Fil-German import, holding him to 18 points and just six boards. Credit the combined efforts of Ryan Wright, Delvin Goh, and Russel Low for making life in the paint tough for an early MVP candidate.
Eastern bench, where art thou?
Hong Kong Eastern hung 81 points on the hosting Singapore Slingers, and all 81 of those points came from the starters. In contrast, the bench scored 15 points in their previous game in Thailand, however, the lack of bench production shouldn’t be too surprising as the reserves did only combine for a total of nine points in Eastern’s first two games of the season.
It hasn’t been completely pretty or dominating, but the defending champions are still undefeated early on in the season, riding a four-game winning streak. Every victory has come down to waning moments late in games, including an overtime victory in Surabaya, but Eastern has shown that they have another gear in clutch situations.
Ryan Wright’s quiet production.
Xavier Alexander is the heart and soul of the Singapore Slingers, but some light should be shed on the importance of their other world import. Ryan Wright isn’t the flashiest of players, and he does have a suspect jumper, but the big man is quietly having a great start to the season. Of all players, Wright sits atop the field goals made leaderboard with 49 makes. That’s more than Reggie Johnson, Christian Standhardinger, and Tyler Lamb. Sure, the Slingers have already played five games, which is tied for the most in the league with Mono Vampire, but the Canadian is justifying his addition to this season’s squad.