Pre-game warmup at Singapore Indoor Stadium
The Slingers had Slinger Girls that danced and did giveaways during stops in the game
Kyle Jeffers, #31, is from Santa Rosa, California
The Singapore Slingers are part of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Basketball League, a very new sports organization with only six teams. Jeff and I are used to supporting our local sports team and wanted to come check out the Slingers. We caught their last home game of the season last weekend against the Brunei Barracudas. It was the first game in the ABL where a team scored over 100 points. The final score was Slingers 102, Barracudas 61.
One of the rules of the ABL is that two players are allowed to be imported from outside of ASEAN countries, another two can be from other ASEAN countries, and another player can have one parent from Southeast Asia. There must be another seven players from that team's own country. The two import players on the Slingers are Kyle Jeffers and Marcus Skinner, both from the United States. Kyle Jeffers is actually from Northern California.
The Slingers had a full bench of players, but the Barracudas only had two extra players besides the guys on the court during the game. I wonder if they had trouble finding players to fill their roster? It was kind of sad to see how exhausted the Barracudas were because of their short bench.
We were surprised to see such a dismal turnout for the basketball game. The seats at Singapore Indoor Stadium were very empty. I bought our tickets only a few days prior to the game and was able to get the closest possible seats to the floor without sitting in a VIP box. And the tickets were only S$19 (about US$15)! It was actually really entertaining to watch a live basketball game and we are going to try to come back for more games next season.