With their backs against the wall, the Westports Malaysia Dragons turned to someone they could count on.
Veteran Chris Eversley delivered when it mattered most as he helped the Dragons defeat the BTN CLS Knights Indonesia, 89-84, in front of a joyous crowd inside the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian squad gets a much-needed win after losing their last six contests.
Eversley drilled the go-ahead triple with 23 seconds left off a beautiful feed from Jonathan Wong to give the Dragons an 87-84 advantage. But Eversley wasn’t done yet as he was also responsible for putting the game away. The 6-foot-7 forward was able to use his speed and length to steal the inbound pass from Douglas Herring and convert on a fastbreak layup plus a foul on the other end. Even though he failed to hit the free throw, it was more than enough to carry the Dragons to victory.
Eversley finished with 24 points on 9-of-14 shots, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Winston Shepard had a solid outing of 17 points and 15 boards before fouling out late in the ball game. Wong meanwhile submitted a personal-best 22 points off the bench and was instrumental in the clutch.
For the Knights, Maxie Esho did all he could with 27 and 10 rebounds while Herring contributed 19 points, 11 boards, and five dimes. Local scorers Wong Wei Long and Brandon Jawato combined for 17 on a poor 6-for-19 shooting clip.
The Dragons shot slightly better from the field at 44 percent compared to the Knights’ 43 percent. The key for them was their 12 3-pointers and 17 total assists, as well as their 45-39 rebounding advantage.
Thanks to Eversley’s clutch performance, the Dragons are now 6-9 and have put an end to their six-game losing streak. The Knights, on the other hand, have their own problems as they’ve now lost three in a row for a 9-10 record.