The Westports Malaysia Dragons aim to make it two in a row, as they tangle with the hard luck Zhuhai Wolf Warriors inside the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two teams square off 2:30PM local time.
The Dragons were the first team to deal the reigning champions Alab Pilipinas a loss this season, banking on a great shooting night from beyond the arc as well as clutch play down the stretch from local player Jonathan Wong. It was their poise down the stretch that helped them grab the stunning win.
Playing with a sense of determination to shock the defending champs, the Dragons did exactly that in the 72-71 win over Alab Pilipinas. Key for the Dragons was their exploits from beyond the arc, as they shot 14/36 while limiting the usual hot shooting Alab Pilipinas to only 6/28 from that area.
The hero of the Dragons in the thrilling victory was Jonathan Wong, as he poured in a game high 20 points for the Dragons. He hit the big shots down the stretch, scoring over and around the rugged defense of Alab Pilipinas. He’s quickly become a crowd favorite, and one of the most exciting players to watch this season.
The Wolf Warriors on the other hand had several chances to deal the Singapore Slingers a defeat, unfortunately they fell short in the overtime period. Though they got several good performances, the breaks just didn’t go their way, thus they succumbed to their 10th loss this season.
The Wolf Warriors faced an uphill climb in the fourth quarter, trailing by 11 points midway in the period. But a determined Wolf Warriors squad mounted a comeback, and actually trailed inside the final two minutes. But everytime they threatened to take the win, the Slingers had a run, even in overtime. Thus the Wolf Warriors swallowed the 107-103 loss, one of the most heartbreaking defeats this season.
Mike Taylor led the charge for the Wolf Warriors, as they came so painfully close to stealing the victory from the Slingers. Taylor’s a swiss army knife for the Wolf Warriors, and did a little bit of everything with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists before succumbing to the Slingers.
Will the Dragons build on their breakthrough win, or can the Wolf Warriors get back on track? Get set for a crucial Sunday matchup in the ABL.