On different days, there are different heroes.
The Slingers were not short on heroic antics from their deep team in the absence of the their high-flying forward Hassan Adams, who missed his second straight game from a groin injury.
The witness of their latest heroic antics: Laskar Dreya South Sumatra.
It was not the best offensive game from the Slingers as both of their wing scorers Wong Wei Long and Larry Liew struggled from the field (Wei Long was 3/11 while Larry was 1/7).
But the Slingers, being the deep team that they are, had just enough weapons to produce their best offensive game this season. The Slingers shot a season-high 44% from the field and downed Laskar Dreya 84 to 61, in their first road win of the season.
Taking advantage of Paul Crosby’s absence, the Slingers’ captain and starting centre Kyle Jeffers wasted no time capitalising on Laskar’s Dreya gaping hole in the middle.
The big man went 9-of-13 from the field and finished with a season-high 24 points and 16 rebounds. On the defensive end, he literally shut down the painted area, registering 5 blocks for the night.
The local contingent was led by none other than their 2014 SEA Games National Team captain, the D-Glove*, Desmond Oh, who came off the bench and finished with 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists from 6/10 shooting. In a mere 16 minutes of game-time, the defensive stopper tied his ABL career-high in scoring.
Indeed, it was a case-in-point that defensive players could have their big scoring nights when the time was ripe.
Riding on the wave of defensive players turning scorers was Wu Qingde, who also exploded off the bench, scoring all of 10 of his points in the first half. The scrappy forward also managed 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in a very productive night.
Another noteworthy performance came from another Slingers’ big, Russel Low, who flirted with a double-double, finishing with 8 points and 13 rebounds.
After going down 0-5 in a shaking start to the game, the Slingers rebounded back quickly to take a commanding 23-8 lead at the end of the first quarter behind Kyle Jeffers’ and Wu Qingde’s hot starts. Since then, that lead was never lost and the Slingers won the game with a comfortable 23-point margin.
In this game, Slingers fans were also treated to a Gayford Rodriguez sighting on court. Mid-way through the 4th quarter, the Filipino forward checked into the game for the first time as a Slinger, after battling injuries to both ankles in the previous games. He finished with 0 points and 2 rebounds.
With this win, the Slingers are now 3-2 and have climbed to 3rd place on the ABL Table.
On Sunday, 10 August, the Slingers will have a chance to win to improve on their league standings as they take on the other Indonesian team, the Indonesian Warriors, at home.
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