Fresh off being dislodged at the eighth spot by Mono Vampire, the Westports Malaysia Dragons need a big win against the BTN CLS Knights to get the upper hand in the race for the final playoff spot.
The Dragons have fallen on tough times as of late as they can’t seem to shake off whatever is ailing their squad as they have now lost their last four games. It’s the worst possible time for a losing skid as Mono Vampire has been steadily racking up more wins.
The Knights on the other end have been hot and cold as of late and for them to get a chance to finish inside the top four, they need to rally in their final games of the elimination round.
BTN CLS suffered a loss to the Singapore Slingers in their last game. Although Singapore was in control of the matchup for most of the game, the Knights gave them a scare in the end game. That kind of drive and energy is what they need but in a more consistent manner from here on out.
Brandon Jawato has been one of the top locals in the entire league as he has helped out their three imports in production. Jawato is a solid defender and can also hit three-point shots and both skills will be needed against the Dragons.
Another player who needs to get going for the Knights in point guard Wong Wei Long. The ABL veteran struggles every time he faces off against his former teammates and it happened again in their last meeting.
Maxie Esho, Douglas Herring, and Daryl Watkins have been more or less consistent with the numbers they produce, which should be a good weapon against the Dragons.
After losing the Straits Cup to Singapore via sweep, the Dragons faced off against the Mono Vampire in a crucial game with playoff repercussions. They led after the first 10 minutes but fell apart in the second as the Thai squad cruised to a win.
One good sign for the Dragons even in the loss was the scoring from Yek Liang Chuan and Jonathan Wong as the two locals chipped in double-digit numbers in scoring.
The problem for Westports Malaysia now is the performance of their imports. Winston Shepard has been doing everything he can but Chris Eversley has been struggling from the field.
The bigger problem as of late has been the play of Nnanna Egwu. He scored 26 points in the first game of the Straits Cup but only managed a combined 13 markers in their last two games.