Basketball: Singapore Slingers edge Malaysia Dragons 78-77 in 2OT to stay top of the league

Singapore Slingers guard Wong Wei Long (#5) driving against Westsports Malaysia Dragons Frederick Lee (#13) during their match at the OCBC Arena on Jan 8, 2017.
Singapore Slingers guard Wong Wei Long (#5) driving against Westsports Malaysia Dragons Frederick Lee (#13) during their match at the OCBC Arena on Jan 8, 2017.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Singapore Slingers forward Leon Kwek (#10) defending against Westsports Malaysia Dragons Frederick Lee during their match at the OCBC Arena on Jan 8, 2017.
Singapore Slingers forward Leon Kwek (#10) defending against Westsports Malaysia Dragons Frederick Lee during their match at the OCBC Arena on Jan 8, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Singapore Slingers centre Justin Howard (#55) attacking against Westsports Malaysia Dragons centre Marcus Melvin (#54) during their match on Jan 8, 2017.
Singapore Slingers centre Justin Howard (#55) attacking against Westsports Malaysia Dragons centre Marcus Melvin (#54) during their match on Jan 8, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Singapore Slingers forward Xavier Alexander (#15) going up to score against the Westsports Malaysia Dragons during their match on Jan 8, 2017.
Singapore Slingers forward Xavier Alexander (#15) going up to score against the Westsports Malaysia Dragons during their match on Jan 8, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
The Singapore Slingers celebrating after being named the Straits Cup champion on Jan 8, 2017.
The Singapore Slingers celebrating after being named the Straits Cup champion on Jan 8, 2017.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Slingers consolidated their position at the top of the Asean Basketball League with a thrilling 78-77 double-overtime victory against defending champions Westsports Malaysia Dragons at the OCBC Arena on Sunday.

Down 72-77 with 1min 52sec left in the second overtime period, the Slingers roared back with six unanswered points to send the crowd into delirious joy.

First, American import Xavier Alexander converted an off-balance lay-up, before Wong Wei Long hit both his free throw to narrow the Slingers' deficit to 76-77 with 37sec left.

Then, Leon Quek stole the ball in the Dragons' next possession, and it set up Alexander with score the winning points with another lay-up.

With the victory - their fourth straight in the six-team league - the Slingers stayed top of the ABL with seven wins and one defeat.