The Saigon Heat look to arrest the team’s first losing skid of the season, as they face the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
Gametime is set for 5PM local time inside the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
The Dragons are fresh from the team’s first victory of the season, winning a slugfest against the winless Wolf Warriors, 74-73. Though the team had some shaky moments, ultimately the veteran Dragons squad was able to come away with the victory.
Playing only the team’s second game since the start of the season, the Dragons looked a little bit out of sync in this game. The Wolf Warriors pounced on the Dragons’ struggles, opening up a 13 point lead in the fourth quarter and threatening to run away with the win. However behind Chris Eversley’s hot shooting, Malaysia was still able to escape with the victory even though they turned the ball over in the end that gave the Wolf Warriors a chance to defend home court.
Despite talented world import Winston Shepard joining the team, it was still Chris Eversley that carried the load down the stretch, delivering a clutch shooting performance to seal the victory for the Dragons. Eversley stuffed the stat sheet on both ends of the floor with 30 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, ensuring that the Wolf Warriors’ first win wouldn’t come at his expense.
The Heat on the other hand were unable to close out against the Macau Bears despite holding a fourth quarter lead.
The Heat held a nine point lead at the start of the 4th period, but their defense didn’t hold up down the stretch as Anthony Tucker caught fire from beyond the arc. The Heat also played without any contributions from the bench, ending up with 0 bench points. As a result, the Heat dropped the third game in a row, 97-95. That’s an issue the team will have to address moving forward.
With teammate Trevon Hughes in sickbay due to a lower leg injury, it was up to World Import Murphy Burnatowski to carry the scoring load. And that’s what he was able to accomplish, finishing with a double-double in the loss to the Black Bears. Burnatowski tallied 29 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, finishing one short of a triple double.
The Dragons aim for a second straight win, while the Heat are desperate to end it’s three game losing skid. Which squad will come out on top?