An exciting new face made an outstanding impression at the Malaysia National Basketball League this past month, entertaining the crowds with his crossover moves and court vision.
We are talking about the Westports Malaysia Dragons’ newest Fil-Am guard, Avery Scharer. The 6’2’’ guard, out of Shoreline Community College in Washington, had a great MNBL campaign after averaging an impressive 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. His performance was rewarded by the Dragons organization who will use his services for the upcoming 2014 ASEAN Basketball League season. After a busy month, Scharer took a time out to talk to us about his game and playing for the Dragons in the ABL next season.
You bring a lot of excitement when you play and became an instant fan favorite in the MNBL. What was the experience like for you?
it was truly a humbling experience, the fans from the MNBL were great everywhere we traveled during the tournament and I just wanted to play hard, play to win and give them a show while we were out there.
You had 12 steals in one game. That was an amazing display on defense. Can you talk about your defense?
The 12 steal game was a great defensive game for me. I think I was really locked in defensively that night as we were going against a team who were looking for a win so they were hungry to play and win. I felt like I needed to make a statement personally on defense and stop momentum from building on their side. Plus, people don’t realize defense is all effort and heart, it doesn’t take skill or talent, just good old fashioned hard work and effort.
This is your first time playing abroad, how did you gel so fast with the Dragons team and what was your biggest adjustment?
Yes, this was my first time playing overseas and it was such a blessing and a great chance for me. I can’t thank coach Ariel and the whole Dragons staff and owners enough for believing in me, but coach really put us in a great position to gel fast with each other. Practices were intense and he always mixed and matched different line ups so we got to play with many combinations in practice. Also our team just had a group of guys who really genuinely like each other so it was easy to blend together. I think also it was my job as a point guard to know my team inside and out which allowed me to make the right plays and passes to my teammates in their sweet spots. My biggest adjustment was just learning my team. I’m a very cultured guy and come from an array of different backgrounds and foods. So I would say knowing my team and also adjusting my body to the time difference and tempature during games and practices.
In the recent interview, Coach Ariel Vanguardia said that you will play with the Dragons in the 2014 ABL season. How excited are you to be in the ABL next year?
First off, it’s an honor to play for coach Ariel and the Dragons organization. They are a first class team and organization and I’m very happy to play for them. I think the 2014 ABL is gonna be a great one. I really believe our team can make a run for the title and I’m very excited to get out there and showcase my talents to the whole ABL league. I alway play with a chip on my shoulder each and every game and I will bring that same competitive spirit to the ABL. Can’t wait to suit up, play , and win games this season for the Dragons.
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