The Slingers took a plane and they left for their very first away game of the season. With heads held high, they looked to accomplish a task that they hadn’t been able to do last season – to grab a win at Ynares Arena in Manila, the home of the Philippines Patriots. With an improved line-up, the idea of an away win seemed feasible.
They fought hard. They stuck to the gameplan. But they just fell short of 3 points. Interesting, this loss is the team’s first after a flawless pre-season and first game.
It was an extremely low-scoring game with both teams playing stingy defense. The Slingers led in the first quarter 16-10. However, the Patriots fought back quickly in the second to outscore the Slingers 22-11 in the second quarter. They led the Slingers 32-27 at the half. In the third quarter, the score was close as the Patriots took a slim lead of 48-46 at the end of the period.
The game was down to the wire in the fourth quarter.
JJ Cabatu hit a crucial trey to put the Patriots on top 60-56. However, Al Vergara answered almost immediately with his own to bring the Slingers back within one at 60-59. But time was not on the Slingers side, as Patriots converted another basket to pull off a narrow win eventually.
Leo Avenido was the top scorer for the Slingers once again with 15 points. He also had 6 rebounds and 3 steals to go along. Kyle Jeffers only recorded 10 points despite a 16 rebounds effort from the Centre. The only local boy who was able to shine in the game was Tan Chin Hong who went 4/4 from the field for 8 points. Steven ‘Yakuza’ Khoo, who led the local pack in the previous game, was held to only 4 points throughout the entire game.
The Slingers look to bounce back in the next game against their causeway rivals – the Westport KL Dragons. Be sure to support your very own Slingers team in the next home game.
Singapore Slingers 59 : Avenido 15, Skinner 12, Jeffers 10, Hong 8, Vergara 8, Khoo 4, Han Bin 2
Philippines Patriots 62 : Fernandez 12, Billiones 11, Cabatu 11, Sta. Maria 7, Little 7, Llagas 6, Ybanez 4, Chito 2, Salangsang 2