FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
Aside from center Ryan Moss, who fouled out of the game, all other Eastern starters played north of 33 minutes each. Together, they accounted for 76 of the team’s total 82 points, amounting for 93 percent of the final tally.
On the Slingers’ side, the minutes were a bit more spread out as only three of their starters played more than 30 minutes, with AJ Mandani just nearly eclipsing that mark at 30 minutes and 42 seconds of floor time. Their reliance was similar to Eastern’s however, combining for 73 of the team’s total 79 points, just one percent shy of their opponent’s starting contribution at 92 percent.
Cashing in on second chances.
The home-side was out-rebounded by the visiting Slingers by one, 44-43, but on the offensive glass, Hong Kong Eastern doubled-up their opponents, pulling in 16 offensive rebounds to just 8 from Singapore. Ryan Moss hauled in seven while Christian Standhardinger had eight, and Eastern was able to convert those additional opportunities to 17 points compared to the Slingers’ seven.
Same story, same result.
Once again, Hong Kong started off the game slow, trailing by as many as 11 points. By the time the fourth quarter came around, the score was tied at 65 apiece, and once again, Eastern shifted into another gear, led by Thai-American Tyler Lamb. He scored eight of his game-high 25 points in the final period, hitting key shots that kept his team in the lead by narrow margins until the very end.
Slingers shoot better, but were too giving with the ball.
The Singapore Slingers converted on 47 percent of their shot attempts compared to 40 percent from Eastern, which included 41 percent from deep as opposed to just 28 percent from the hosts. However, the Singaporean-side turned the ball over nearly twice as frequently as Hong Kong at 23-12. The margin of victory could have been much bigger than the end result, as both teams tied in points off turnovers at 17.
Another record for Eastern.
The defending champs just keep on winning, extending their undefeated streak to seven games in a row to start off the season and going into the short holiday break. This mark would tie the ABL record, set by Hi-Tech Bangkok City, when that team started off their 2014-2015 campaign going perfect in their first seven games. Hi-Tech would also go on to win the championship that same season.