SAIGONEER November 2015: Slingers spook Heat in Halloween home opener



By Harry Hodge
Even a gym full of Heat fans dressed as crazy clowns and pumpkins couldn’t keep the Singapore Slingers from terrifying Saigon’s pro hoops squad on Halloween 86-74.
Paced by a 25-point, 15-rebound performance by former Heat big man Justin Howard, the Slingers led from the opening tip in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) match-up and never looked back. The Heat were able to bring the game to within a point on a couple of occasions in the first half before the Slingers took over in the second.
The Heat were spurred on by a boisterous home crowd, but were plagued by miscues in their first home match. Vietnamese-American star David Arnold led the Heat with 22 points, while countryman Will Creekmore produced 18 points and 13 rebounds. A scary moment in the first half saw American Lenny Daniel’s head bounce off the hardwood, but he returned after a breather. Daniel eventually fouled out and left the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
“A couple of our important pieces are pretty new,” conceded Creekmore, himself a recent arrival from the Worcester Wolves of the British Basketball League. “We were out of sync.
“In the first half we didn’t have energy. Tonight was unacceptable and I don’t see it happening again.”
One positive to take away from the match was the increased court time enjoyed by domestic players, such as veteran Trieu Han Minh playing more than 24 minutes and To Quang Trung at just under 18. Saigon’s next home game is against the Westports Malaysia Dragons at the Canadian International School Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.


About hodgedude

I'm a Canadian journalist and teacher, most recently living in Edmonton and Toronto, now located in Ho Chi Minh City. Graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. I've taught English in S. Korea, pulled rickshaws in Canada, taught at a Taiwanese language boot camp, edited newspapers in China and played a French-speaking Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV. I also play Australian football. Pick up a copy of issue one of my independent comic, "Getting Lucky," at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, the Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Spotted Cow Pub, 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon.
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