Singapore Slingers trash Bangkok Cobras to continue winning streak

The Singapore Slingers recorded their third consecutive win in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League when they handed the Bangkok Cobras a 73-48 loss.

The Cobras, coached by Joe Bryant, father of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, matched the Slingers point for point only during the first quarter.

After the 14-14 first quarter, the Slingers turned up the offense and added 19 points to go into halftime at 33-21.

The Slingers then stretched the lead to 52-32 after three quarters, with Wong Wei Long, Desmond Oh and Louis Graham making four big three-point plays. Wong was the leading scorer for the home team, with 15 points off the bench.

Wong, who was 2 of 6 from beyond the arc, said he had been working on his three-point shooting during the offseason.

Coach Neo Beng Siang was pleased with his squad. He said: "They're aggressive on defence and kept giving the Cobras pressure." The Cobras turned the ball over 16 times, while the Slingers conceded only 8 turnovers.

The Cobras were coming off a similar 86-58 loss to the AirAsia Philippine Patriots.

The Slingers, who have beaten the Saigon Heat and the Chang Thailand Slammers, face the San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday, Feb 1.

The Slingers will wear pink jerseys during the game in support of cancer awareness, and the jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds going to the Singapore Cancer Society.

hteoh@sph.com.sg