Avery Scharer finally made his debut with a bang against Saigon Heat recently, throwing the arena into a buzz as he made the last 3-point to a tie. Westports Malaysia Dragons eventually won the closely fought game, proved to be a great experience for Scharer.
28-year old Avery Scharer, tipped as the ‘next big thing’ in Asean Basketball League (ABL) article, the 6 feet 2 guard is no stranger in the local basketball scene since his debut in the Malaysia National Basketball League (MNBL) last year.
An alumnus of Shoreline Community College (SCC) in Washington, Scharer has gone a long way in basketball, from high points to his lowest points. He finally made his way to Asia, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Away and afar from his hometown in the States, Avery Scharer aims to do what he loves most, basketball. Love at first sight, Scharer was inducted into the Dragons’ roster, raring to play with his fellow ‘brothers’ in the team. As Scharer shared after his debut game in ABL, “We are a family in the Dragons.”
What an amazing game in your first debut against Saigon Heat! How do you feel about it?
I think I did well, I felt really good about it! Our team fought through well. I do feel there are a few things I need to polish it up in my game.
The last 3-point shot you took, in the final seconds to end the fourth quarter, threw the whole match into the first overtime in this year’s season of ABL. What went through your mind?
It was one of the biggest shot I ever made (last shot to tie at the end of the last quarter, 88-88) in my career thus far. It was one of those things going through my head where there was very little time left on the clock. It comes down to your fundamentals, basic techniques in basketball. What you do and practice every day contributes a lot to any players to make a good shot.
I was thinking about getting my posture and arms right. Instinct kicks into your head, just like in the practices. You just shoot and let it fly. You got to have the confidence to get it in.
What do you love most about the Dragons?
I love this team; from our imports, Fil-Ams to our locals. I feel like we do have a good chance to do lots of great things this year.
It’s all about brotherhood we are building here in the Dragons. It is more than a basketball team; we are more than just Westports Malaysia Dragons. We are all family here, that’s what made legendary teams great, just like San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. They are family. They would bleed for each other. They would sacrifice for each other. So I think that’s what we are building here in the Dragons. I feel like we are a great team. I am proud and happy to be a part of it.
Westports Malaysia Dragons will be playing their next 5th and 6th game in the league, back to back against Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers on August 15th (Friday) at MABA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur and August 17th (Sunday) at OCBC Arena, Singapore.
News via KLDragons.com