Basketball: Slingers reach first ABL Finals with 68-60 win over Hi-Tech Bangkok City

The Slingers will face top-seeded Westports Malaysia Dragons in Kuala Lumpur on Friday for the first match of the Finals.
The Slingers will face top-seeded Westports Malaysia Dragons in Kuala Lumpur on Friday for the first match of the Finals.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Slingers secured their place in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) play-off Finals with a hard fought 68-60 win over Hi-Tech Bangkok City in the third and final match of their semi-final on Sunday at the OCBC Arena.

With the series tied at 1-1 (Hi-Tech won Game 1 73-70, while the Slingers won Game 2 95-66), the Slingers battled through a nerve-wracking fourth quarter to advance to the Finals, their first since the ABL started in 2009.

Xavier Alexander led the overall scoring with 24 points for the Slingers, while Wu Qingde and Justin Howard contributed 14 and 15 respectively. Fred Goldstein was the Thai team's top scorer again with 19 points.

With this win, the Slingers will face top-seeded Westports Malaysia Dragons in Kuala Lumpur on Friday for the first match of the Finals.

The first team to bag three wins will be crowned this season's ABL champions. The first two games will be in KL, while the third will be at the OCBC Arena.