Gentry Lewis with a dunk for the Cobras. (Photo courtesy of ABL)
Bangkok, Sunday, March 11, 2012 — The Singapore Slingers crashed to their sixth straight defeat when they went down 74-79 to the Bangkok Cobras in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
The Slingers fall to a 4-7 win-loss record and have not won a game since beating the San Miguel Beermen 71-63 on February 1st at home.
The Slingers are now sixth in the eight-team table which is led by the Philippine Patriots (8-2). Only the top four qualify for the playoffs and the final playoff spot is currently occupied by the Indonesia Warriors (4-6).
Slinger Louis Graham had a double-double, 18-point and 11-rebound game while teammates Donald Dulay and Donald Little had 14 and 17 points respectively.
The Slingers were dominated by the Cobras in the first quarter and had only nine field goal attempts compared to 23 for the Cobras. The Slingers also committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter to trail by 14 points (16-30) after 10 minutes.
The Slingers came alive in the second quarter with Desmond Oh scoring the go-ahead basket for his team’s first lead of the game. With Wong Wei Long, who had 11 points on the night, putting in a good shift, the Slingers outscored the Cobras 26-11 to take a slim 42-41 lead into the half-time break.
The Slingers came out strongly in the third to increase their lead to eight points but the Cobras put together a seven-point run to take the lead back with two and a half minutes remaining. The Slingers trailed the Cobras by two (58-60) after the third quarter.
However, the Slingers had no answer in the final quarter to incredible plays by Cobras’ Jai Reyes and Marvin Cruz and fell to their sixth straight loss.
The Slingers next play the San Miguel Beermen in the second of their three-game road trip on Wednesday, March 14th.
Quarter by Quarter Scores
Cobras vs Slingers
1st Q: 30-16
2nd Q: 11-26 (41-42)
3rd Q: 19-16 (60-58)
4th Q: 19-16 (79-64)
Marvin Cruz – 26 pts, Gentry Lewis – 24 pts, Jai Reyes – 14 pts, George Travis – 8 pts, Chanchon Klahan – 3 pts, Darunpong Apiromvilaichai – 2 pts, Kaedum Chaiwat – 2 pts
Louis Graham – 18 pts, Donald Little – 17 pts, Don Dulay – 14 pts, Wong Wei Long – 11 pts, Lim Sheng Yu – 6 pts, Pathman Matialakan – 6 pts, Desmond Oh – 2 pts
Looking for the Slingers’ fixture schedule? All here: Singapore Slingers 2012 ABL Fixtures