Saturday January 19, 2013
Dragons slay Slammers for second straight ABL win
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
KUALA LUMPUR: The Westports Malaysia Dragons picked up their second win on the trot in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) after beating the Chang Thailand Slammers 91-83 in Bangkok yesterday.
After an insipid start, the Dragons eventually warmed up and fought back to trail the Slammers by just three points at 21-23 by the end of the first quarter.
The Dragons then roared to life with a massive second quarter, scoring 33 points as they overtook the Slammers 54-37.
But they suffered cold feet again in the third quarter as the Slammers mounted a fightback, reducing the lead to just 68-60. However, the Dragons prevailed.
It was their second win on the road and the Dragons appeared to have finally found a solution to their travel deficiencies of last year.
It was, however, another massive setback for 2011 champions Slammers who have now slumped to their third straight defeat this season.
American import Cedric Bozeman, boasting experience from the NBA was once again the key man for the Dragons, scoring 22 points, while Patrick Cabahug also contributed with 20 points.
American centre Gavin Edwards also had a decent game, scoring 13 points.
Christien Charles responded for the Slammers with 20 points while Wacharapong Tongsri and Michael Earl added 14 and 12 points respectively.
The Dragons will next face defending champions Indonesia Warriors on Jan 22 in Jakarta before taking on the Warriors again on Jan 26 at home.