Hong Kong Eastern go for their ninth win of the season as they face the Wesports Malaysia Dragons at the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on Wednesday.
It has been a rough couple of games for Eastern, losing three of their last five games. They currently hold an 8-7 record and are in seventh place in the team standings. Their last loss was at the hands of the Formosa Dreamers where World Import Will Artino returned to the Taiwanese lineup. They committed 17 turnovers which really hurt the flow of their offense.
Despite the loss to the Dreamers, O’Darien Bassett notched a career-high 32 points. It was his best game scoring the basketball for Eastern since arriving in early January. He’s averaging 23.2 points, 2.5 triples, 5.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in seven games. Bassett had a big game but the same could not be said of former World Import MVP Marcus Elliott. His 13-point total versus Formosa was a far cry from his averages of nearly 24 points per game. He also committed six turnovers, which was uncharacteristic for him considering he was taking care of the ball relatively well in the past four games.
Bassett, Elliott, and the rest of Eastern will have their hands full against the Dragons. Leading the way for Malaysia is Winston Shepard. The versatile big man is averaging a double-double of 21.7 points and 11.1 rebounds, to go along with 6.3 assists. He is the Dragons’ leading scorer and rebounder. The Achilles’ heel to his game, however, is his free throw shooting. In almost 10 free throw attempts per game, he’s only knocking down nearly half for 52 percent.
The Dragons, who have won three of their last five outings, have slowly risen to the standings with a 5-4 record.
Can Eastern get win number nine or will the Dragons come out on top in Hong Kong?