The Macau Wolf Warriors aim to finally get on the win column when they play hosts to the Kuala Lumpur Dragons Thursday, at the Foshan Shishan Gymnasium in China, 8 PM local time (GMT +8).
The Wolf Warriors are still winless after two games, coming off losses against the Macau Black Bears and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.
Macau had a much better showing against the Philippines compared to its first game but didn’t have enough firepower in overtime, losing 110-114. Julian Boyd provided a Herculean effort of 38 points on 16-for-27 shooting alongside 17 rebounds while ABL veteran Steven Thomas also had a strong double-double performance of 19 points and 17 boards. The Wolf Warriors, however, could not keep up with Alab Pilipinas in the extra session as World Import Khalif Wyatt took over, scoring eight of his 24 points in the final five minutes of the contest.
Despite the losses, the Wolf Warriors can take a ton of positives with them as they hope to perform better than last season’s output of just two wins in 26 games. The trio of Boyd, Thomas, and Douglas Herring have produced stellar numbers in their first two games for Macau. There’s also local scorer Cai Chen who has been a reliable source of offense for his team just like he did last year.
On the other hand, the Dragons are looking to get back on track after falling to the Mono Vampire Basketball Club. Mike Singletary was the difference-maker in Thailand’s 79-73 win. Will Artino. meanwhile, did all he could with another double-double outing of 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Malaysia used just six players versus Thailand as a handful of Dragons had to fulfill their commitment to the national team. With their short-handed roster, the Dragons will have to lean on Artino, and fellow World Imports Cade Davis and Amir Bell. They also have the services of half-Bulgarian big man Simeon Lepichev who tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds in his last game.
The Malaysian squad is eager to avenge their eight-win, ninth-place finish last season. In Season 9, they also started with a 1-1 record before losing their next three games. They have a chance to bounce back and avert a losing streak when they take on the Wolf Warriors.