Five teams are in the ABL playoffs with only one slot remaining. The sixth and final spot are being chased by the Saigon Heat and the Westports Malaysia Dragons who will face each other this Saturday at the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Heat, who own an 8-8 record, currently own the sixth spot with the Dragons right behind them with a 5-10 slate.
Moses Morgan is back with the Heat after a two-game absence due to injury and returned with a vengeance in their previous game. Against the CLS Knights, the Heritage Import tied his career-high of 30 points while knocking down his personal best 8 three-pointers.
The Dragons meanwhile are on a two-game winning streak, fresh from their triumph over San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. Through grit and determination, Malayisa was able to snap the Philippines team’s 8-game winning streak.
The Dragons’ strongest weapon right now is Chris Eversley. In just two games he has proven he can get buckets. He is currently leading the league in scoring with 37 points a game.
Back in 2014 in his previous 20 games with the Dragons he only averaged 20.5 per contest.
Matching up Eversley is Maxie Esho from the Heat. Both Esho and Everesley are flexible big men who have a knack of scoring the basketball with ease. If the Dragons plan to make into the playoffs, they would need a huge game for Eversley. Esho then will have the tall task of slowing him down while also providing points for the Heat.
Aside from the World Imports, other players have to step up from each squad. Most notably, Joshua Munzon will be important for the Dragons. Munzon has always provided a ton of energy for his team as he is an explosive scorer while doing tremendous work on the defensive end. The only thing that Munzon needs improvement is his outside shooting. For the season, he is shooting 36 percent. From the three-point land, he is jacking up almost 10 a game and hitting 3.
David Arnold on the other hand, had a forgetful game the last time the Heat and the Dragons faced off. He was hampered with foul trouble and was virtually a non-factor. His teammates picked up the slack thus still getting the lopsided victory. The Heat are making one last push towards the playoffs and they would need Arnold’s production on offense.
Saturday marks the third meeting between the Heat and the Dragons with one more matchup later on this month. The season series is tied with one win for each team. As they gun for the last remaining slot, their head-to-head matchup will be critical who will get into the playoffs.