Basketball: Singapore Slingers no match for ruthless Adelaide 36ers

Bradley Wright of the Singapore Slingers tries for a shot against the Adelaide 36ers during the third day of the Merlion Cup on Sept 22, 2017. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Slingers gave a good go of it in their second Merlion Cup Group B game on Friday (Sep 22) but were ultimately outclassed by a superior Adelaide 36ers team 95-52.

The result was never in doubt at the OCBC Arena as the 36ers raced to a 30-14 lead in the first quarter and did not look back, led by the duo of Mitchell Creek (17 points) and Nathan Sobey (15 points), both of whom played for NBA team Utah Jazz in July's Summer League.

Xavier Alexander and Ryan Wright led the Slingers with 12 points apiece. Delvin Goh added 10 points off the bench.

The home team regrouped somewhat in the second, but still trailed 25-44 at the half.

The Australian team were in peak condition with their National Basketball League season due to begin on Oct 5, running the Slingers' defence ragged with sharp movement and pressuring their opponents into costly turnovers.

In the first match of the day, Indonesia's Satria Muda Pertamina defeated the Philippines' NLEX-SCTEX 104-90 to finish third in Group A, ahead of their opponents. Gary Jacobs led the way for Satria Muda with 33 points.

The third game between the Shanghai Sharks and Jeonju KCC Egis saw the Sharks come out winners 71-55.

As Group A winners, the Chinese team will face the Slingers, Group B runners-up, in saturday's semi-finals.
The 36ers, meanwhile, will play Jeonju.

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