|Today - 3:00pm - Tan Binh Stadium Vietnam|
It has been a challenging season for the Saigon Heat and they cap it off Sunday night when they take on the Westports Malaysia Dragons at Tan Binh Stadium, Vietnam without Jai Reyes.
Reyes suffered a relapse of his left foot injury with 1:24 left in the third quarter during the Heat’s 71-63 loss to the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers on Wednesday night. Reyes tried to give it a go in the fourth quarter, but only lasted for a minute and 25 seconds before he had to head back to the bench. Reyes has been a key member of this Heat team this season with an average of 13.8 points and just a little under 6 assists per game.
Saigon had a 15-point lead after the first period and were able to keep with the Slammers until midway through the fourth quarter. Slammers then finished the game on an 11-2 run and denied the Heat from winning the game.
Despite both the San Miguel Beermen and the Westports Malaysia Dragons already ensured spots for the playoffs, tonight’s game will go down in league history as the first triple overtime thriller in the ABL. After three hours of back-forth action and exciting basketball, the Beermen head into the playoffs on a 16-game streak after a grueling 107-104 win at MABA Stadium, Malaysia.
Brian Williams had a big game with 22 points and 23 rebounds while Leo Avenido also contributed 22 points. Paulo Hubalde chipped in 18 points for the Beermen who are the number one seed in the playoffs with a record of 19-3.
The scoreline was neck and neck from the start. Following a tight first quarter, Marcus Hubbard threw down a thunderous slam that capped off a 14-5 run which gave the Dragons a 38-33 lead with four minutes left. However the Beermen responded with their own 11-2 run, started by a two handed slam from B. Williams. JR Cawaling sank two free throws to end the run and the Beermen had a 44-40 lead heading into the locker room.
Despite playing without their floor general Froilan Baguion, the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers’ local players scored 42 points to lead their team to a 71-63 victory over the Saigon Heat at Nimibutr Stadium, Thailand earlier tonight.
Slammers’ head coach Joe Bryant decided to give Baguion a rest in preparation for the playoffs. Chris Charles led the Slammers with 16 points and 17 rebounds, followed by Kannawat Lertlaaokul with 10 points and six assists. Darrius Brannon and Danai Kongkum added nine points each for the Slammers who scored 54 points in the paint.
Saigon had a promising start in this game as they held Thailand to only 21% shooting and forced six turnovers in the first 10 minutes. A three-point shot from David Palmer with two minutes left in the first period gave the Heat a 22-5 lead.
The Sports Rev Thailand Slammers have officially entered the ABL Playoffs after JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers suffered a 63-53 loss to Indonesia Warriors last night.
Tonight, Thailand look to gain confident and momentum as they host Saigon Heat at Nimibutr Stadium before challenging San Miguel Beermen in the semi-finals.
Thailand come in off back to back games at Ynares Sports Arena, Philippines against the San Miguel Beermen. The Slammers suffered losses in both games. During Saturday’s 76-69 loss to the Beermen, Chris Charles had a monster game with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Darrius Brannon chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Indonesia Warriors put an end to the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers’ playoff hopes tonight after a 63-53 victory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.
Chris Daniels led the way with 15 points and 21 rebounds. Stanley Pringle, Jerick Canada and Steven Thomas contributed 12 points each for the Warriors who outrebounded the Slingers 50-25.
The Slingers took charge early in the game. A dunk from Rashaad Singleton and a Wong Wei Long three-pointer resulted in a 13-6 Slingers lead with 3:49 left in the first period. Trying to enter the playoffs on a winning note, the Warriors ended the first quarter on a 9-2 run capped with a layup from Canada at the buzzer.
It is a must-win game for the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers when they welcome the Indonesia Warriors on Tuesday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.
The Slingers are still able to snatch the fourth spot on the ABL standings table if they win against the Warriors but they will still have to wait and see if the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers lose to Saigon Heat on Wednesday night before they start preparing for the post-season.
After missing out on the playoffs last season, the Slingers are eager to make a return to the post season. However, their chances road to the ABL 2013 Playoffs won’t come easy as they have yet to defeat the Warriors in any of their previous three meetings this season.
The Westports Malaysia Dragons already locked up the third seed but that did not stop them from giving their best playing against the ailing Saigon Heat team.
Marcus Hubbard’s thunderous two-handed slam with 3 minutes left in the game lifted the Dragons to a 93-84 victory over the Heat at MABA Stadium, Malaysia earlier today.
Hubbard scored 27 points to lead the Dragons while Gavin Edwards recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Melton also posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists for the Dragons who have now won 8 in a row at home.