ABL: Warriors rout sorry Slingers

The Indonesia Warriors showed they are a formidable force by dismantling the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers 64-39 in Jakarta.

Jerick Canada.

The defending ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions Warriors opened the game on a six point run with buckets from Stanley Pringle, Steve Thomas and Chris Daniels. Rashad Jones-Jennings answered for the visiting Slingers with a jumper. The Warriors promptly answered with back-to-back three-pointers from Pringle and John Smith, who had 13.

The Slingers' Rashaad Singleton and Phillip Morrison controlled the second half of the first quarter, bringing their team to within six after being down ten. Warriors' team captain Thomas recorded his second foul with just under two minutes to play in the quarter.

Both teams were sluggish on offense in the second quarter. Indonesian local player Christian Sitepu got the scoring going. The Slingers scored their first points of the quarter on a series that saw four offensive rebounds, capped by a Jones-Jennings put-back. The Slingers would only score two more from the free-throw line the rest of the quarter. Daniels hit a shot at the buzzer to send the Warriors into the locker room at halftime up 14.

The Warriors continued right where they left off to start the third, scoring seven points in the first two minutes of the second half to push their lead to 20. The Slingers' Wong Wei Long answered the Warriors with a three-pointer to break the run. Slingers' coach Neo Beng Siang called a timeout to rally his troops. The Slingers ratcheted up their defense out of the timeout, holding the Warriors scoreless for the next four minutes. The drought was broken by a goaltending call against Jones-Jennings on a Pringle shot. Despite their defensive fortitude, the Slingers could not find the bucket, scoring six points over the same stretch.

The Warriors left no doubt at the start of the fourth quarter that they would defend their home court. Fan favorite Swen de Ruijter got the Warriors going with an early bucket. Six unanswered points later, The Slingers called a timeout. Yet this early timeout did not yield the same result as the one in the third. In response to the timeout, The Warriors subbed out all five of their players on the floor. The fresh legs of the Warriors proved too much for the Slingers to overcome, and the Warriors cruised to a 64-39 victory.

Stanley Pringle, still working to find his rhythm after knee surgery, paced all scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Chris Daniels continued to rack up doubles doubles with ten points and 12 boards. Phillip Morrison, sporting a new, clear mask to protect his broken nose, led the Slingers with ten.

After the game, Warriors head coach Todd Purves said he was, "...very pleased with the energy and defensive intensity," of his team, calling Friday's effort, "a building process for the playoffs." These two teams complete the home and away series Tuesday in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on youtube.com/abl at 8:00 PM HKT.

Quarter scoring: Q1(18-12) Q2(12-4) Q3(19-16) Q4(15-7)

Full-Time: Warriors 64-39 Slingers

Warriors: Pringle - 16, Smith - 13, Canada - 10, Daniels - 10, Sitepu - 6, Thomas - 4, Prihantono - 3, Swen - 2.

Slingers: Morrison - 10, Wei Long - 8, Jennings - 7, Singleton - 6, Cabatu - 6, Folkoff - 2.



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