November Updates: Slingers narrowly loses Straits Cup by 2 Points, but defeats Pilipinas 3X Kings at home

Since the opening loss to Hi-Tech Bangkok City, the Slingers has been playing inspired basketball in a gruelling month of November.

Missing both Ng Hanbin and Wu Qingde, the Slingers have won 4 of their last 5 games, including 2 on the road.

The Slingers played their best game of the season on 13 November when they shocked causeway rivals and displaced them from the top of the table in a 88-85 win. Justin Howard scored a career high 45 points, the most for any player this season, and grabbed 12 rebounds giving the Slingers a win in Game 1 of the Straits Cup.


Justin Howard was the main man for the Slingers with 45 points

The Dragons, however, had their revenge 2 days later on 15 November when the Slingers failed to convert more than 50% from the charity strike and dropped Game 2 of the Straits Cup 84-79. A mere 2-point differential between the Dragons and the Slingers caused the cup to be relinquished to the host in Malaysia.

Just yesterday, on 21 November, the Slingers played their 3rd game in less than 10 days against Pilipinas MX3 Kings in San Juan. Though trailing in the first quarter, the Slingers quickly crawled back in the second. Justin Howard fouled out with 2:26 left to go, but the team managed to stick together and held on for the win. Wong Wei Long had his best game of the season with 13 points and 6 rebounds, while rookie Leon Kwek continued to impress with 6 points off the bench.

Showing no signs of inexperience, the 19-year old Leon Kwek has been the 2nd leading scorer amongst local players with 9.5 points per game.


Leon Kwek – 2nd leading scorer amongst locals with 9.5 ppt

The Slingers will play Hi-Tech Bangkok City on 30 November at the HiTech Gym and will get the opportunity to avenge their season-opening loss and climb into 2nd place on the league table.

-Photo Credit Jason Ng and Kims Ang


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