Basketball: Slingers to host Dragons in finals game before a sell-out crowd

Tickets for the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Finals Game 3 between the Singapore Slingers and Westports Malaysia Dragons at the OCBC Arena on Friday are sold out.

It is the first sell-out crowd of 2,505 for an ABL game at the home of the Republic's only professional basketball team, with 230 tickets allocated to the away fans.

The crowd average throughout the season, which started in November, is estimated to be 1,200.

On the capacity crowd, Slingers assistant coach Michael Johnson told the Straits Times: "It will be fantastic to see that kind of support. If we use it in a positive way, it should be a real boost and a push for the players."

Point guard Wong Wei Long, a fixture for the Slingers since the ABL's inaugural season in 2009, was excited by the sale of all the tickets.

He said: "After seeing the ups and downs (from the beginning), when the Slingers only attracted a few hundred people... now that there's a sell-out crowd, I think it will motivate me and pump the team up to get the trophy in front of our home crowd."

Johnson, who is also the team's general manager, added that there are no plans to expand seating to accommodate more fans for Game 4 on Sunday.

Game 3 will tip off at 8pm, while Game 4 will start at 4pm. Tickets for Game 4 are available at http://www.sportshub.com.sg