A chance to distance themselves and winning the season series against the Slammers got away after the Slingers were held to only 27% shooting on Sunday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The Slammers took charge from the get go to hand the Slingers a 73-49 loss which lift up the Slammers to the fourth position. The Slingers are currently 1/2 game behind the Slammers with 4 games left.
None of the Slingers players reached double-digits in points during Sunday's loss. Jun Cabatu and Rashaad Singleton finished with 8 points each for the Slingers who are now have a record of 6-12.
After averaging 23.7 points over his last three games, Phillip Morrison struggled to find his offense. Morrison, who has to wear a protective mask for his broken nose, was 0 for 8 from the field and was held to only four 4 points. Before Sunday's game, Morrison admitted that wearing the protective mask is going to be an adjustment.
After having a tough game on Sunday, Rashad Jones-Jennings is definitely looking forward to play the Heat. Jennings, who was limited to only 5 points on Sunday, is averaging 30 points in the first three meetings against the Heat. The Slingers will be once again without their top local player Wong Wei Long on Thursday due to education commitment.
Meanwhile, the Heat almost upset the number 1 team San Miguel Beermen last Saturday. Down by 2 points, Chris Sumalinog had a decent look from the three-point line but unfortunately his shot did not go down. The Heat suffered a 71-69 loss to the Beermen at Ynares Sports Arena, Philippines.
David Palmer finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Justin Howard contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat. Jai Reyes added 16 points and dished out 8 assists.
The Heat recently acquired veteran forward Norman Gonzales to replace the injured Al Vergara. Gonzales played 24 minutes on Saturday and sank a big three-point shot with 29 seconds left to get Heat within one point. Gonzales played with the San Miguel Beermen last season and also had experience playing in the Philippines Basketball Association in the past.