Dragons end FIBA Asia Champions Cup campaign with loss to China Kashgar, 60-124

In their final game of the 2016 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the Westports Malaysia Dragons took in 60-124 loss from the home team, China Kashgar.

The defending ASEAN Basketball League champions were limited with manpower from start to finish, again missing out on the services of Joel Wright and Loh Shee Fai in this game. American import Skylar Spencer was hampered by an injury himself but he insisted on playing, despite Coach Chris Thomas advising him to rest.

China Kashgar built up a huge lead in a hurry, holding the Dragons to only 5 points in the first quarter while scoring 39 points of their own. Darius Adams and Andrey Blatche were unstoppable, going for 30 and 21 points for the Chinese team, respectively.

Dragons’ up and coming star, Wong Yi Hou, tried to shoot his team back into the game, connecting on 5 three pointers en route to a team-high 22 points. However, it wasn’t enough to close the point differential even with 10 points a piece from Ma Chee Kheun and Kuek Tian Yuan. The additional firepower of China Kashgar’s Abudushalamu Abudurexit (24 points) and Makan Kelanbaike (20 points) was just too much for the Dragons to contain.

The results of this game concludes the group stages of the 2016 FIBA Asia Champions Cup for the Dragons. With a 0-4 record they will not be advancing to the quarterfinals, but the experience and exposure should prove to be valuable for their quest to defend the ASEAN Basketball League title. Despite the results, Coach Chris Thomas has high spirits for what had been displayed by the players throughout the past days.

“I must commend the spirit of our players as most of them insisted on playing despite recovering from injuries. These young players are examples of good sportsmanship,” said Coach Thomas after the game. “The teams competing for this championship cup are all very skilled and professional, we have a long way to go as a team, however it is great to have them as benchmarks for us. The experience and knowledge that we will gain from this will be invaluable.”