JOSH Urbiztondo sizzled from three-point range, finishing with 23 points including a finals record seven triples as Singapore drew first blood in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) finals with a 92-76 rout of Hong Kong Eastern Saturday night at the Southorn Stadium.
Urbiztondo lit up in the third quarter, allowing Singapore to pull away, before import Justin Howard took over with a record-setting performance of his own to lift the Slingers to the Game One victory on the road.
Urbiztondo’s three-point output eclipsed the previous league record of five set by Loh Shee Fai of the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the 2015 finals.
Howard had a monster double-double, contributing 45 points and 28 rebounds, both new league records. The point total broke the ABL finals scoring mark set by Gabe Freeman of the Philippine Patriots in 2010.
With the victory, the Slingers, who finished second at the end of the eliminations, stole homecourt advantage in the title series, while handing the Long Lions their fifth defeat of the season.
Game Two is set on Tuesday night, still at the Southorn Stadium before the series shifts to Singapore for the next two matches.