The drought continues…
After losing to the cellar-dwellers of the league, the Saigon Heat, on Wednesday, the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers have yet again one more chance to end their losing ways against the 2nd-bottom team, the Bangkok Cobras. The Cobras was a team the Slingers trashed 73-48 earlier this month at home. But this time, the Slingers looked like an entirely different squad as their losing habit would prevail and they recorded their 6 straight loss, and their 7th of the season. With a Saigon Heat win tonight against the Malaysian Dragons, right now only one game separates the Slingers and the Heat from having the worst record in the ABL.
79-74 read the final score of the night.
The first quarter proved to be a disaster once again for the Slingers. They dug a big hole for themselves by allowing the Cobras to come off a 11-2 start. Despite trying to crawl back into the game, the first ended with the Cobras up 30-16.
In the second quarter, Wong Wei Long’s valiant efforts sparked a 12-zip run that inspired the Slingers to come back into the game trailing 28-30 with 6 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. However, the Cobras responded with a run of their own to restore their lead back to 8 at 39-31. Then, Lim Sheng Yu’s lay-up shot would start another Slingers run, as the Slingers erased the deficit once again and finally took over the lead with Desmond’s Oh field goal. The half ended with the Slingers leading 42-41.
In the second half, the Slingers came out with guns firing, they extended their lead 50-42. But that would be all the Slingers could afford. The Cobras launched a comeback on Lewis and Klahan’s scoing and led the game 60-58 at end of the third quarter.
The Cobras’ hot streak would continue as Gentry Lewis hit 2 more shots and the Cobras led 66-58, forcing the Slingers to call time. But the time-out proved to be futile as Cruz and Reyes nailed 3-point shots to give the Cobras their largest league of the game. The Slingers trailed 64-76 with just 2 minutes left on the clock. While Lim Sheng Yu and Pathman tried to launch another Slingers comeback, it turned out to be just too late. The Slingers desperate efforts to win proved insufficient once again, leading to their 6th straight loss.
Marvin Cruz led the Cobras with 26 points, while Gentry Lewis was close-by with 23.
Louis Graham led the Slingers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. But once again, he failed to connect from the field where he has struggled for the entire season. Since the first game, Lou G has failed to achieve a single 20-point game despite being tasked to carry the team’s scoring load.
Donald Little recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Don Dulay had 14 points and 7 assists. But these fell short of helping the Slingers win the game. Vaughn Canta, on the other hand, proved ineffective once again on offense with 0 points.
Once again, turnovers killed the Slingers. Despite focusing on limiting turnovers, as per the previous game, the Slingers actually committed even more turnovers in this one with a horrid total of 26. Chiefly, these came from the international imports, Donald Little and Louis Graham who had 8 and 7 respectively.
The only good take-away from the game was the stellar local production from the team. Wong Wei Long led the locals with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, while Pathman and Sheng Yu had 6 points apiece. It was the first game the veteran Pathman scored 5 or more since the season opener.
The sub-par performances of the Slingers imports as key contributor of the Slingers’ historic losing streak have been noted and discussed.
Will the team see its first ever mid-season import switch this season? When will the team management say: Enough is Enough?
We can only wait and see…
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