The Westports Malaysia Dragons seek to win their second straight game for the first time this season, as they tangle with the surging Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team in the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tipoff is set for 2:30 PM local time
It was a thriller down the stretch in the MABA Stadium, as the Heat and the Dragons battled in an instant ABL classic that went down to the final second of the game. A big time catch and finish from Winston Shepard helped seal the Dragons victory, to the delight of the home crowd.
The Dragons faced an uphill climb at the start of the fourth quarter, trailing by double digits, 70-59. But Chris Eversley led a fourth quarter charge, tying the game at the 4:01 mark, setting up the thrilling finish in the end. The Dragons’ composure down the stretch will go a long way towards success for the squad.
Shepard capped off a big time performance with the biggest shot of the game- a catch from an alley oop pass from Nnanna Egwu with one second left in the game to win against the Saigon Heat. Shepard was all over the floor with impressive numbers of 22 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists, and did a solid job limiting the Heat’s World Imports.
Hong Kong Eastern on the other hand capitalized on an injured frontline of Mono Vampire Basketball Club to rally back from a fourth quarter deficit to win going away. Led by a great debut performance from O’Darien Bassett, Hong Kong Eastern took care of business at home to climb to over .500 once again.
Hong Kong had some shaky moments against a determined Mono Vampire squad, in fact they were down by eight points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. However Bassett teamed up with Marcus Elliott and Lee Ki, providing enough firepower to rally back.
O’Darien Bassett fit in seamlessly with Hong Kong, as he scored a team high 28 points to lead the charge versus Mono Vampire. The veteran was solid all game long, whether attacking the rim or firing from beyond the arc. As a result, he finished with a team high 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. In their first game since Eric Ferguson was replaced, Bassett looks to be worth the move.
The Dragons Den will be rocking once again, as Hong Kong comes visiting. Which team will come away with a roaring victory?