Sunday February 23rdÂ 2013, Tip off 4pm local time, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
The San Miguel Beermenâ€™s roller
coaster season continued after an 82-76 loss to the
Westports Malaysia Dragons at MABA Stadium, Malaysia last Saturday. With that
loss, the Beermen are now at .500 with a 3 wins and 3 losses record.
The Beermen were within two points with 4:29
left in the game after a tip-in from Gabe Freeman. However, a 9-2 run by the
Dragons down the stretch denied the Beermen's rally. Freeman led the Beermen
with 22 points, Chris Banchero chipped in with 20 points and Brian Williams had
12 points and 16 rebounds in his firs return to MABA Stadium.
Turnovers were hurting the Beermen as they
turned the ball over 23 times, with Freeman and Williams had 7 turnovers
Beermen are still the number one team in the league in the rebounding
department however. In the loss, the Beermen outrebounded the
Dragons 51-42. The Beermen will have their hands full as
they will face a tough rebounder in Rashad Jones-Jennings.
Banchero has been scoring the basketball very well in the last two games. Banchero is averaging 23 points per game while shooting 66% from the three-point line.
The San Miguel Beermen will bring in former Southwest Baptist University basketball standout Matt Rogers to step in for the injured Brian Williams during his recovery period. Williams injured his left knee in last week's game against the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
This will be the Slingers third game in 7 days and it will be interesting to see if fatigue will play a role for the Slingers on Sunday.
The Slingers are coming off a big 76-72 road win over the Saigon Heat. Rashad Jones-Jennings led the Slingers with a monster game by scoring 29 points and 19 rebounds. Kyle Jeffers added 16 points and Mitchell Folkoff chipped in with 12 points for the Slingers who are now on a two-game winning streak.
Slingers' head coach Neo Beng Siang hopes their win at Tan Binh Stadium will boost his team's confidence level. "This is a very big win for us. I was very happy with the performance from all my players. This will be a morale boost for our next game against the San Miguel Beermen," said coach Neo after the game.
With limited depth in the front line, the Slingers can't afford their big man Kyle Jeffers and Jones-Jennings to get into foul trouble early. Wong Wei Long will also be a key factor going into the game. He has been shooting the ball extremely well as he is quietly making a case to be one of the top local players in the league. The Slingers will also look for more significant contributions from their two ASEAN imports, Don Dulay and Jun Cabatu.