Monday March 18, 2013
Malaysian Dragons fall to ABL champs Warriors again
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
PETALING JAYA: Westports Malaysia Dragonsí miserable form against Asean Basketball League (ABL) champions Indonesia Warriors continued as they were beaten 84-67 in the Hoops Fest in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.
The Dragons had already lost twice to the Warriors earlier this season and badly wanted a win against a side they have never beaten before.
The first quarter was a tight affair with the Warriors leading 12-9, but the Dragons stepped up in the second to lead 34-32 by half-time.
But in typical Dragonsí fashion, the team went to sleep after the break as the Warriors scored a whopping 36 points in the third quarter to lead 68-46.
The Dragons attempted a comeback in the final quarter but the league leadersí defence held firm to record their ninth win of the season.
Four Warriors players were into double figures, with guard John Smith leading the way with 26 points, followed by Chris Daniels with 17, Mario Wuysang with 13 and Christian Sitepu with 12. Daniel also grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds.
The Dragons were led by Gavin Edwards, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while guards Justin Melton and Loh Shee Fai had 16 and 11 points respectvely. The Malaysian side remain third in the six-team standings.
But it was definitely not the Dragonsí day and they will look for home solace when they take on Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers on Friday.
In yesterdayís other matches, basement side Chang Thailand Slammers recorded a much needed 58-56 win over the Slingers while second placed San Miguel Beermen overpowered hosts Saigon Heat 80-55.