The struggling Westports Malaysia Dragons look to revive their playoff run, as they host the Saigon Heat in the MABA Stadium in Sunday ABL basketball action.
At 6-15, the Dragons have fallen on hard times, now in 9th place and out of the Playoffs. After six straight losses, Mono Vampire has overtaken the Malaysia-based squad, and have made this an uphill climb.
Playing without Winston Shepard, who was suspended 1 game for incurring too many technical fouls, the Dragons were unable to upend the Macau Black Bears and lost 87-62. Malaysia was faced into 20 turnovers, and that resulted in 29 points for Macau. The Dragons will need to find a way to run a more disciplined attack against the Heat.
The Heat on the other hand are still adjusting to their new lineup without Murphy Burnatowski, to mixed results. After whipping the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, the squad lost an overtime thriller to Mono Vampire, to lose their 10th game of the season.
Chris Eversley paced the Westports Malaysia Dragons with a double-double performance of 16 points and 12 rebounds in the losing cause. Eversley needed to elevate his game with the absence of his teammate Winston Shepard in the lineup- unfortunately Eversley was unable to produce.
The Heat led by eight points in the last two minutes, and were in excellent condition to pick up their second straight win. However Mono Vampire made a furious run in the dying seconds to tie the game, and send it into overtime. Mono Vampire took over in the overtime period, as the Heat suffered a disappointing loss.
The Heat’s World Import Trevon Hughes tallied a stellar 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals in the losing cause to Mono Vampire. Though he battled valiantly alongside the rest of the Saigon Heat, Hughes was unable to take care of business in regulation and that led to a disastrous finish.
Two of the lost local guards will go head to head as Jonathan Wong and Dang Khoa Tran face off. The two are fresh from stellar performances- Wong had a double-double of 19 poitns and 11 rebounds, as he did his best to make up for the absence of Shepard in the lineup. Tran on the other hand flirted with a triple double, as he racked up 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Heat.
The Dragons need a victory in the worst possible way, while the Heat are determined to rise higher in the standings and finish the season strong. Which team will be able to win in Sunday ABL action?