The defending champions Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team tangle with the Westports Malaysia Dragons, as both teams are looking to get back on the winning track after suffering losses in their previous matchups.
Hong Kong Eastern hosts the Dragons at the Southorn Stadium, 8:00PM local time.
The Saigon Heat frustrated Hong Kong once again in their second matchup, dealing Hong Kong a loss in a thrilling 118-115 overtime battle. Hong Kong Eastern’s shooting deserted them in the loss to the Saigon Heat, as they only made 7 triples en route to a 31% shooting night from long distance. Hong Kong was especially sloppy against Akeem Scott and company, surrendering the ball 27 times. It’s the little details that played a role in Hong Kong’s loss, so they’ll have to tighten things up against the Dragons.
However Hong Kong can rest assured that Heritage Import Christian Standhardinger will be ready to roll once the Dragons come to town. The Filipino-German looked highly impressive in the loss to the Saigon Heat, as he went for a team high 31 points and 18 rebounds. Standhardinger’s soft touch in the paint and ability to put the ball on the floor makes him one of the toughest covers in the ABL.
The Dragons on the other hand have been bitten by the injury bug, as an absent Marcus Marshall was a huge factor in their loss to the CLS Knights.
Perhaps still reeling from losing the Straits Cup to Malaysia, the Dragons just didn’t have it against the Knights, as they fell 82-92. They started out slow, trailing by 21 points at one point in their game, before a push by Josh Munzon made things more interesting down the stretch. But it wasn’t enough, as the Dragons lost their fourth straight game. They’ll need to play perhaps their best game of the season if they want to defeat the defending champs, Hong Kong Eastern.
Munzon’s stellar play as of late has helped the Dragons stay within striking distance despite not having Marshall, as he tallied 29 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Together with Kuek Tian Yuan (15 points & 9 rebounds versus the Knights), the two will look to lead the upset seeking Dragons as they barge into the Southorn Stadium.
As the playoff race heats up, the Dragons are hard pressed to stay within the playoff hunt, Hong Kong has to fend off San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, which continues to surge up the standings. Which squad will pick up an all too crucial win?