ABL: Seventh heaven for Warriors

The Indonesia Warriors recorded their seventh straight win by defeating the Chang Thailand Slammers 69-60 in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Steven Thomas.

The Warriors looked no worse for wear on Wednesday after their 19-day break ended with them matching their longest winning streak from the 2012 season.

Steven Thomas led the Warriors with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Christian Ronaldo "Dodo" Sitepu made key contributions as he chipped in 15 points. John Smith added 12 points for the Warriors.

Warriors' head coach Todd Purves was very pleased with Sitepu. "Dodo made some big shots tonight [Wednesday]. Dodo was great. It felt great for him to knock down shots that I know he can. He's developing to be a very good player for Indonesia," Purves said.

The Warriors were down by as many as four points in the third quarter. Froilan Baguion converted two charities to gave the Slammers a 41-37 lead with 9:03 left in the third. The Warriors were able to take the lead back after Sitepu made a three-point shot to make it 51-50 with 2:48 left. Then Smith, Sitepu and Canada made a basket each which stretched the Warriors lead to 57-50 at the end of the quarter.

The Slammers lost their cool towards the end of the final quarter after Baguion fouled out of the game due to an offensive foul. The momentum then shifted to the Warriors after the Slammers' head coach Joe Bryant was hit with a technical foul. Mario Wuysang hit a pair of free throws and Jerick Canada made a three-point shot to give the Warriors' their biggest lead in the game 68-55 with 3:27 left to play.

With this win, the Warriors strengthened their position at the top of the standings table with a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. "I'm extremely happy with the win. It was a hard fought game. They have great players and great size. It was a battle the entire game. It came down to the fourth quarter and we were able to make a couple more plays than they were," said Coach Todd.

Chris Charles extended his double-double streak to eight games after posting 15 points and 13 rebounds. Baguion also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists. Darrius Brannon, who replaced the injured Michael Earl, had 12 points and 9 rebounds.

The Warriors will have another big battle on Friday night as they welcome the San Miguel Beermen at Tennis Indoor Senayan for this week's ABL Friday Basketball game. It will be telecast live on FOX SPORTS Asia regionally and also via the ABL Livestream at 8PM HKT.

"We'll do some things tomorrow [Thursday] to prepare for them," Purves said.

"Obviously, we've seen them play a little bit but they've got Brian Williams coming back and Gabe Freeman coming back."

The Chang Thailand Slammers will play the Warriors again in their next game which will be during the Hoops Fest Saigon 2013 on Friday the 15th of March for the 2pm local time tip-off. This game, along with all the other match-ups during the Hoops Fest will be live on the ABL Livestream.

Quarter scoring: Q1(23-18) Q2(14-21) Q3(20-11) Q4(12-10) 

Full-Time: Warriors 69-60 Slammers

Warriors: Thomas - 16pts, Sitepu - 15pts, J. Smith - 12pts, Daniels - 8pts, Canada - 7pts, Wuysang - 5pts, R. Smith - 4pts, Ristanto - 2pts.

Slammers: Charles - 15pts, Baguion - 15pts, Brannon - 12pts, Dasom - 7pts, Tongsri - 5pts, Apiromvilaichai - 4pts, Sekteera - 2pts.

ABL: Fixtures, Standings and Results.



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