The Wolf Warriors have slowly gotten better after making big changes in their lineup but they have yet to taste a victory in their maiden ABL season. Now they will be welcoming the Saigon Heat who are doing well so far with four wins against two defeats.
After losing their first seven games of the season, the Wolf Warriors are in desperate need of a victory as they cannot dig a hole to deep for them to overcome with a late run. They’ll need to rack up wins fast or risk being out of the playoff running.
One positive for the Wolf Warriors is that their main local Cai Chen has racked up a string of good games last week. He dropped 28 points against Hong Kong Eastern followed by a 20-point, 13-rebound output against Westports Malaysia before finally slowing down with 11 markers against Singapore.
The Zhuhai-based squad is also responding well to their new imports but the problem is that they have yet to explode in the same game to help them get a victory. In their last contest against the Slingers, Eric Tisby had a respectable 23 points but Mike Bell only came up with 12.
On the other end, the Heat have relied on the firepower of their imports. Big man Kyle Baron had a huge showing against the Dragons with 20 points and 19 rebounds but he’ll have to figure out a way to get his numbers against former NBA player Eddy Curry on the other side. This only means that Barons will have to rely on his speed and outside shooting because he probably won’t outmuscle Curry inside.
Saigon also has another impressive wing import in Mike Burnatowski who is averaging 22.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game while leading the league in threes made. Saigon was without the high-scoring Trevon Hughes in their last game but replacement import DeAngelo Hamilton filled in nicely with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Will the Wolf Warriors finally get their first win? Or will the Saigon Heat get their fifth win of the season to stay on the top part of the team standings?