The Westports Malaysia Dragons made it two wins in a row over the Wolf Warriors, winning 89-83 in the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
While the Dragons were looking to build on their impressive victory against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, the Wolf Warriors were determined to move on from their heartbreaking loss against the Singapore Slingers in overtime. Both teams were able to find success on offense in the first period, although it was the Dragons who pulled ahead early with a Nnanna Egwu triple at the 1:03 mark of the game making it a 9-point lead.
Malaysia opened up its first double-digit lead of the game at 39-29 at the 6:08 mark of the 2nd quarter behind a basket by World Import Winston Shepard. A triple from Shee Fai Loh made it a 14-point lead with 4:39 left in the first half before settling on an 11-point advantage at the end of two quarters, 53-42.
The Dragons would lead by double digits for majority of the 3rd quarter, but a quick spurt by the Wolf Warriors via an 8-0 run trimmed the lead to only six points at the end of the third quarter. The Wolf Warriors outscored the Dragons 26-21 in the period.
The Wolf Warriors came all the way to tie the game after back-to-back triples from Cai Chen tied the game 74-all at the 7:28 mark. But the Dragons responded with a gamebreaking 7-0 run led by Chris Eversley and Winston Shepard to restore the lead back to Malaysia.
A triple by Bell got the Wolf Warriors to within three points with 1:29 left in the game, but that was as close as they would come. Shepard made a clutch basket and Eversley canned two free throws to give the Dragons breathing space once again before finally grabbing the victory.
Eversley and Shepard led the way for the Dragons, as they submitted solid performances. Eversley canned 23 points and added 10 rebounds and 5 assists, while Shepard had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Shee Fai Loh had 16 points and 6 rebounds off the bench for Malaysia.
The Dragons won back-to-back games for the first time this season, as they climb to 4-3 in the standings. The Wolf Warriors remain at the bottom with their 4th straight loss, with a 1-11 card.