Singapore Slingers

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Singapore Slingers
Singapore Slingers logo
Leagues ABL (2009-present)
NBL (2006–2008)
Founded 2006 (NBL)
History NBL: Canberra Cannons
(1979-2002/03)
Hunter Pirates
(2003/04-2005/06)
Singapore Slingers
(2006/07-2007/08)
Arena Singapore Indoor Stadium
Location Singapore
Team colors Red, White, and Gold
              
Head coach Beng Siang Neo
Ownership Basketball Enterprises Pte. Ltd.
Website Singapore Slingers

The Singapore Slingers is a professional basketball team that currently competes in the ASEAN Basketball League. The basketball club formerly competed in the National Basketball League in Australia. It is the first - and so far, the only - Asia-based club to compete in the NBL when they joined at the start of the 2006/2007 season.

In 2008, the club left the NBL[1] and competed in the "Singapore Challenge Series". In the Challenge Series, the Slingers played against a range of teams from the Philippines, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Australia.

In October 2009, the Singapore Slingers were one of the inaugural teams that began competition in the ASEAN Basketball League. The Slingers play their home games at the Singapore Indoor Stadium (SIS)

History[edit]

The franchise was known as the Canberra Cannons from 1979 to 2003, winning 3 championships in 1983, 1984 and 1988. The Cannons began to struggle and relocated to Newcastle for three seasons and were known as the Hunter Pirates for the 03-04, 04-05 and 05-06 seasons. The team again relocated to Singapore before the start of the 2006-07 season. However, they also played occasional home games in Newcastle.

The club was the brainchild of NBL stalwart Bob Turner, the Slingers' CEO. The NBL believed the club would open the league to wider audiences and greater revenue. Due to the distance involved the team agreed to cover all travel costs of teams who played them in Singapore.[2] However, the club had only averaged crowds of only 3500 at its home games during the last season.

The National Basketball League announced on 29 July 2008 that the Singapore Slingers had decided to withdraw from the competition permanently due to the dramatic increase in international travel costs. NBL interim Chief Executive Officer Chuck Harmison said the Slingers had determined the future focus of the team needed to be on participating in competition within its local Asian region, rather than weekly games in Australia and New Zealand. “The Slingers have undertaken a comprehensive internal review of its entire program over the past few months in consultation with its major backer, the Singapore Sports Council,” said Harmison. “The outcome determined that the future of the Slingers lay closer to home, rather than in a league based thousands of kilometres away."[3]

The team participated in the startup of the ASEAN Basketball League[4] which began play in 2009.

Honours[edit]

Title Winners Runners-up 3rd Place 4th Place
ABL Regular Season 2009-10
ABL Grand Finals 2009-10 (Semi-Finals)

Achievements[edit]

Year ABL Regular Season Position ABL Grand Finals Position
2009-10 2nd Place Semi-Finals
2010-11 4th Place Semi-Finals

2009-10 Singapore Slingers Season[edit]

The Slingers ended the season with a league second best 10-5 win-loss record and a league's best 4-3 away record.

Playoff round[edit]

The Slingers lost the semi-finals series 1-2 and were eliminated from the playoffs.

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2010–11 ABL Regular Season[edit]

The Slingers ended the season with a league fourth-best 7-8 win-loss record.

Playoff round[edit]

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2013 ASEAN Basketball League Roster[edit]

JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
G 2 Singapore Oh, Desmond 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 76.6 kg (169 lb)
G 3 Singapore Goh, Teck Beng Damien 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 74 kg (163 lb)
G 6 Singapore Ng, Han Bin 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
F 7 Singapore Wu, Qingde 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
PG 8 Singapore Wong, Wei Long 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 77.6 kg (171 lb)
G 9 Singapore Folkoff, Mitchell 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
PG 15 United States Morrison, Philip (I) 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 72 kg (159 lb)
F 12 Singapore Lim, Sheng Yu 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 84.2 kg (186 lb)
PF 23 Singapore Goh, Kok Chiang Delvin 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F 24 United States Jones-Jennings, Rashad (I) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 104 kg (229 lb)
F 25 Philippines Cabatu, Junjun (I) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
C 21 United States Singleton, Rashaad (I) 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 117 kg (258 lb)
Head coach
  • Singapore Neo Beng Siang
Assistant coach(es)
  • Australia Michael Johnson
  • Philippines Jericho Ilagan

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 3 April 2013

Notable Imports[edit]

Notable Singaporeans[edit]

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

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