Brunei Darussalam

THE SINGAPORE SLINGERS CLOSE SHAVE

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Having shot the ABL matches at the Satria Muda BritAma arena in Jakarta, the Brunei indoor stadium and very recently, the Singapore indoor stadium (this post) I conclude that the Singapore venue is the fairest of them all (basing additionally on players opinion about the rest of the venues they have played at). By fairest, I refer to the quality and intensity of illumination. It is simply awe-inspiring and you have to be there to feel it.

The Singapore Indoor Stadium is an air-conditioned, multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility designed by internationally acclaimed architect Kenzo Tange. Built at a cost of S$90 million, its unique, ultra-modern design features an eye-catching roof that reflects traditional Asian cultural values. The two sides of the futuristic roof structure intersect to form the Chinese character for the lucky number eight. At its apex, the roof soars to an impressive forty metres, making it one of the tallest single-storey buildings in Singapore. — Sportshub

MORE PHOTOS OF BRUNEI BARRACUDAS vs SINGAPORE SLINGERS
BARRACUDAS PRACTICE  BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE

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The arena can accommodate a large capacity of up to 13,000 people, depending upon the stage configuration. Offering an optimum view from every seat with its pillarless structure, the best possible audience experience is assured within this impressive facility.
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Enhancing its versatility are the 1,200 portable seats and 2,660 retractable chairs. A recently installed state-of-the-art, fully automated mother grid and flexible lightweight staging system provides SIS with the capability of turning shows around faster and more cost-effectively than any other venue of its kind in the region.
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Barracudas import player Chris Commons is backlit by the few indoor stadium’s lights 30 minutes before the rest of the lights were switched on.
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The partially lit indoor stadium gives Chris Commons a nice directional lighting to produce a dramatic silhouette reminiscence of popular magazine style composition.
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Barracudas Trainer Tata stretches Chris Garnett during the teams shoot around before the match. Here’s a view of the four sided video board above court centre.
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In the locker room, Coach Bong Ramos pitches game strategy while trainer Tata works on Chris Commons.

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Slingers Kyle Jeffers steals the ball from Barracudas Chris Garnett during tip off!

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“It is a win but it is a really ugly win. We are very sloppy throughout the whole 40 minutes and I am very disappointed with the team’s performance, especially in terms of the defensive end. In the fourth quarter, I told them that if they wanted to win, they needed to box out and prevent our opponents from getting the offensive rebounds. We were outrebounded throughout the game. Without rebounds, we can’t run and we are a running team,” said Neo Beng Siang, head coach of the Slingers. — Red Sports

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“I am very disappointed with the team’s performance, especially in terms of the defensive end.” — Coach Neo

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Audiences in the Arena seats enjoy the game in proximity to action central with food and beverage to quench their other appetite.
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Al Vergara going for a layup while Barracudas Faundo makes a failed attempt to block.

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Chris Commons scores an easy 2 point with an unobstructed dunk.

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The Singapore Slingers cheerleaders slinging a series of balls to the delight of audiences during half time.

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Slingers’ top scorer Marcus Skinner goes for a layup as Barracudas Bryan Faundo attempts a block.

One of a number of photographers I met at the indoor stadium coveing the event was Red Sports photographer, Vanessa Lim who caught this decisive moment when Slingers Marcus Skinner went for a layup while Barracudas Bryan Faundo attempted a block. Check out this coincidental moment Vanessa and I caught from opposite ends of the court.

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While Coach Neo isn’t thrilled at the way Slingers been player Barracudas Coach Bong drills every last bit of motvation into the players to narrow the score gap.

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Chris Garnett and team mates as Coach Ramos shares his thoughts in post game debrief.
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Barracudas 70 vs Slingers 74 isn’t a significant loss but a loss nonetheless. Each loss is a an opportunity to discover and strengthen one’s weakness to better the next game!

On our way to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore, we flew on an AirAsia plane that features the ASEAN Basketball League and ABL team logos!

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