Wherever the Singapore Slingers are hiding their proverbial switch, opposing teams have yet to find where it is.
The Slingers once again turned the switch on during crunch time as they overcame a sluggish start and stunned the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 78-77, in a double-overtime thriller Sunday, January 8 at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
“I’m pretty happy (with the win) because it is no secret: we just believed. We, the coaches, just kept telling them be calm, be disciplined to get ourselves more positive and, of course, we needed to tell everybody to believe,” Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang said.
For the third straight time, Alab Pilipinas reigned supreme over the Kaohsiung Truth.
On Sunday, Alab notched their third win of the season, beating the Truth, 86-77, at the Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School in Taiwan. Parks had another solid performance as he finished with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Alab and Truth have already faced each other two previous times in the Philippines. In both occasions, Alab was victorious as they leaned on the scoring prowess of Parks. On Sunday, however, Parks had a pair of co-stars in new World imports Sampson Carter and James Hughes. Carter tallied 23 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while Hughes had 12 points and 9 boards.
After four heartbreaking losses, the Kaohsiung Truth can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
On Saturday, the Truth notched their very first win in franchise history as they defeated the Saigon Heat, 83-82, at the Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School. Cedric Oliver led the team with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
“Man, it feels amazing,” said Truth head coach Sabatino Chen. “Just because we’re we started 0-4. A lot of change – new players, new coach. These guys have been working hard the past three weeks.”
Alab Pilipinas finally got the players who will fill a glaring need.
Coach Mac Cuan and his crew will soon find out if the new pieces will mesh well with the old to produce a winning result.
Alab Pilipinas and Kaohsiung Truth battle in the Asean Basketball League at the Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School in Taiwan at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The last time Bobby Ray Parks Jr. played the Kaohsiung Truth, he went off for 41 points with little help.
He won't have to worry about being overburdened when Alab Pilipinas faces the Taiwanese club again on Sunday.
He's got more weapons now.
Alab Pilipinas shored up its frontline by acquiring former University of Massachusetts standout Sampson Carter as one of its reinforcements for the remainder of the Asean Basketball League 2016-2017 season.
The 6-foot-9 Carter, a power forward, who suited up for the Memphis Grizzlies in the preseason last year, will fly in on Sunday to link up with Alab, which is bracing for an away clash with the Kaohsiung Truth on Jan. 8.
Alab team owner Charlie Dy said Carter was recommended by guard Bobby Ray Parks Jr., who played with the forward in the NBA D-League last year.
Kaohsiung Truth coach Tryston Lawrence was satisfied with the way new imports Raymar Jose and Achie Iñigo fared in their debut last Sunday.
“I love them both. Both of them played great,” he said after the Taiwanese bowed to Alab Pilipinas, 93-87, at Olivarez College in Parañaque.
“Raymar is a ball of energy but he hurt us when he got into foul trouble,” the American mentor said. “I wish he could have been on the floor more.”