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SINGAPORE SLINGERS MADE INDONESIA WARRIORS WORK FOR VICTORY


Singapore Slingers’ Kyle Jeffers attempting a shot in the ABL game against the Indonesia Warriors. (Photo: SSC)


Supporters at the Singapore Indoor Stadium were treated to a feisty and exciting game of basketball as the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers took on the playoff-bound Indonesia Warriors.

It was the Slingers final game of the 2012 ASEAN Basketball League season, but they didn’t exactly give the home supporters the farewell they intended, falling to the Warriors 85-92.

However, the home supporters in attendance gave the Slingers a rousing round of applause for their commitment and hard work after the game as they made the Warriors work for the victory, putting up a fight for much of the game which was noted by Slingers’ coach Neo Beng Siang.

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We fought a good 3 quarters of the game. A game is played with 4 quarters though. We have to be consistent, something we will work on during the off season," he said. 


 
 
Indonesia Warriors’ Evan Brock entertained the fans with his ferocious dunks. (Photo: SSC)


The Warriors were quick off the start, racing to a 6-0 lead with Evan Brock putting the fans on their feet with ferocious dunks.

The Slingers recovered from the slow start and up their game, making 7 shots in a row before ending the first quarter with a slender 27-25 lead.

The game remained a close affair in the second and third quarter, with both teams matching basket for basket, with the Warriors coming up tops after three quarters with a score of 67-65.

With the game there for the taking, both teams started to up the tempo and play frequently shifts from one side to another quickly, presenting many opportunities for both sides on the break.
 
 
 
Indonesia Warriors’ Steven Thomas (left) in a heated argument with Singapore Slingers’ Kyle Jeffers (right). (Photo: SSC)


With the clock running down, emotions ran high as Slingers’ Kyle Jeffers clashed with Warriors’ Steven Thomas late in the last quarter, with the pair exchanging words, needing to be separated by officials and teammates.

The incident resulted in Jeffers being fouled-out and the Warriors awarded with two free throws, much to the dismay of the vocal home supporters, who made their opinions heard.

This gave the Warriors a comfortable lead with less than a minute to go, and they saw it out to secure third seed for the playoffs, facing AirAsia Philippine Patriots.

Slingers’ Louis Graham ended the game the top scorer with 34 points and 7 rebounds, with teammate Kyle Jeffers getting 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Warriors’ Evan Brock, who was happy to make a spectacular dunk given the opportunity, ended the game as their top scorer with 22 points and 11 rebounds with Stanley Pringle scoring 21 points and Steven Thomas contributing with 20 points.

To view photos of the game, visit
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssc-sportsphotography/sets/72157629705407414/

For more information on the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers, visit
http://www.singaporeslingers.com/

For more information on the ASEAN Basketball League, visit
http://www.aseanbasketballleague.com/