The Kuala Lumpur Dragons emerge victorious on the road in ASEAN Basketball League action, upending the Macau Wolf Warriors in the Foshan Ghishan Gymnasium, Macau.
The Dragons used a big 4th quarter performance to defeat the Wolf Warriors, in what was a tight ballgame up at that point. Led by an all-around performance from Will Artino, the Malaysia-based squad proved steadier down the stretch en route to the win. For the entire period, the Dragons outscored the home squad, 25-15.
Artino tallied a team-high 26 points for the Dragons. He also chipped in 17 rebounds and 3 assists in a game where every contribution was badly needed.
A quick basket by Yan at the start of the 4th quarter gave the Wolf Warriors a 5 point lead, 70-65. But from there, the Dragons took over. the visiting uncorked a 19-4 blast, which turned the deficit into a 10 point lead with 3:31 remaining after Cade Davis uncorked a triple.
From then on, the closest the Wolf Warriors got was 5 points, and that was after two a three point play opportunity from Boyd with only 10 seconds remaining. But by then, it was too late, as the Dragons proved steadier down the stretch to win the game
World Import Amir Bell was a standout performer as well, almost racking a triple double with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. They also got solid performances from Davis with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, as well as Simeon Lepichev’s 18 points, 8 rebounds 2 blocks.
Leading the way for the Wolf Warriors was Douglas Herring, who unfortunately left the game in the 4th quarter after suffering a lower leg injury. But before his untimely exit, he was still able to chip in 27 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Julian Boyd had a game high 33 points and 13 rebounds for the Wolf Warriors.
The win keeps the Wolf Warriors winless, as they lose their third straight match to start the season. The Dragons on the other hand climb to 2-1, bouncing back nicely from their disappointing loss to Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
Macau will take their next shot at picking up win number one with a match against the unbeaten Fubon Braves on December 12. The Dragons on the other hand will see an extended absence, as their next game is on January 5, 2020 versus Hong Kong Eastern.