Game 77 Preview: Westports Malaysia Dragons vs Chang Thailand Slammers

The Westports Malaysia Dragons have been on a roll since Brian Williams returned to their line-up. The biggest impact in the squad has been the improvement in the Dragons’ teamwork and ballmovement. This is proven by the 23 assists per game they are averaging over their last three games.

The Dragons have just pulled a big 97-93 win in overtime over AirAsia Philippine Patriots at Ynares Sports Arena last Sunday. The Dragons finished with 21 assists in the win and Dragons’ coach Ariel Vanguardia was understandably very pleased. “Our teamwork was on point again in this game. The 21 assists really showed it, thanks to Guganeswaran Batumalai and Chris Pacana. “ said Coach Vanguardia.

Tiras Wade and Brian Williams once again showed everybody why they are one of the best import duos in the league. Wade tied his season-high with 34 points including a big three-point shot in overtime while Williams recorded his 13th double-double this season with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Wade and Williams are the most productive duo in the league with a combined 45.23 average points per game.

With last Sunday’s win, the Dragons are now on the third spot with a record of 10 wins and 9 losses. Indonesia Warriors, who are on the fourth spot, hold the same record with the Dragons but the Dragons have the lead in the head-to-head season series. However if they want to stay at third, they will have to win their last two games which will be at home in MABA Stadium.

Coach Vanguardia wants to treat both of these games as playoffs games. “We will play the next two games like a playoffs game and I hope the fans will come to MABA in full support for our next two home games.”

Chang Thailand Slammers, who are out of the playoffs race, put in a great fight last Saturday before going down 73-63 to Indonesia Warriors. Chris Garnett led the Slammers with 23 points. Calvin Williams added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Slammers whose last win, coincidentally, came over the Dragons when Calvin Williams scored 28 points to lead the Slammers over the Dragons 80-69 at Thai Japanese Association gym on the 25th of March.

Slammers’ coach Felton Sealey was still very enthuastic about his team despite the loss last Saturday. Fealey wants his team to finish this season by playing great. He would love to get big contributions from Darongpan Apiromvilachai who has been averaging 14 points per game in his last two games.