By Amir Yusof/Red Sports
Tan Chin Hong (#1) goes for a successful reverse layup against the Cobras. He had four points on the night. (Photo 1 © Tan Jon Han/Red Sports)
Singapore Indoor Stadium, Sunday, January 29, 2012 — The Singapore Slingers thrashed the Bangkok Cobras 73-48 to record their third victory in a row in the 2012 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season. The win improved their win-loss record to 3-1.
Slinger Wong Wei Long had a big night, scoring a game-high 15 points, including two 3-pointers, as well as contributing three assists.
It was a much easier game for the Slingers this time around, after they had to dig deep to win their two previous games. Although the first quarter ended 14-14, Neo Beng Siang’s charges never looked like losing this game.
The Slingers broke away in the second quarter with Louis Graham leading the way with 11 points and five rebounds in the first half. However, the Cobras only had themselves to blame with Michael Earl guilty of missing three out of four free throws, one of which even failed to reach the rim. The Cobras’ field goal conversion up to that point was also poor, as they sank a mere seven in 34 attempts.
Meanwhile, the Slingers were prolific, with point guard Donald Dulay sinking two layups, dribbling his way past Cobra’s Gentry Lewis on both attempts. It was a pivotal quarter for the Slingers as they finished the first half leading 33-21.
The third quarter started just as the way the second ended, with the Slingers dominating the court. In addition to the consistent displays of Graham and centre Donald Little, the performances of the local boys also took centre stage.
Wong Wei Long and Desmond Oh took turns to sink three-pointer shots to the delight of the partisan home support. It was certainly refreshing for the Slinger fans to see the local talent put on a show, with Wei Long in particular looking hungry to impress. After the youngster sank his second three-pointer which swished into the basket, the crowd even began chanting his name.
The final quarter was essentially a formality as the Slingers were simply too far in front for the Cobras to catch. Both sides withdrew their starting players and the Slingers once again fielded an all-Singaporean side to carry the team across the finishing line with ease.
Ng Han Bin showed composure to sink a jumper shot from the left as the Slingers finished the game with a 25-point, 73-48 victory.
Slingers coach Neo Being Siang was beaming with pride at the evening’s performance.
“Of course I’m pleased with my team and the performance as well. We were disciplined, strong and aggressive and these traits gave us the win. Wei Long and Desmond were both impressive despite their height disadvantage as they played aggressively, especially on the defense,” said Neo.
Meanwhile, Cobras coach Joe Bryant, the father of NBA star Kobe Bryant, blamed injuries that hit key player Marvin Cruz for the defeat.
“We were weak without our two main men. Although we lost tonight, we would have done a lot better with them around, definitely,” explained Bryant.
The Slingers will hope to continue their winning run against San Miguel Beermen at home on Wednesday evening, February 1st.
Slingers Game Box Score
|1||Tan Chin Hong||05:06||2/2||0/0||0/0||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||4|
|5||Wong Wei Long||29:27||6/10||2/6||0/1||0||2||2||3||0||1||0||2||15|
|12||Lim Sheng Yu||15:57||2/4||0/0||0/0||2||1||3||1||0||0||0||3||4|
Cobras Game Box Score
Quarter by Quarter Scores
Slingers vs Cobras
1st Q: 14-14
2nd Q: 19-7 (33-21)
3rd Q: 19-11 (52-32)
4th Q: 21-16 (73-48)
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