The Wolf Warriors and Westports Malaysia Dragons take center stage this Friday at the Doumen Gymnasium in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, with both teams raring to get on the win column.
The Wolf Warriors are currently 0-5, with four losses coming from their home floor. Fortunately, they’ve shown flashes of improvement, especially since the arrival of new World Imports Mike Bell and Eric Tisby.
But the early revelation for the team from China is Chen Cai. The 6-foot-9 center remains a valuable contributor for the Wolf Warriors. In their recent loss to Hong Kong Eastern, Cai led the way with 28 points, including 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. The big man has proven that he has a reliable jumper. Even though he usually ventures out in the perimeter, he still gets close to eight rebounds per game.
The Dragons on the other hand are coming off a devastating loss versus rivals Singapore Slingers. Singapore walloped Malaysia, 101-47. The 54-point winning margin is now the biggest in ABL league history.
Chris Eversley scored 17 points in the Dragons’ humiliating loss. He led the team in scoring but only shot 5-of-17 from the field. Eversley has proven in the past seasons that he can put up a ton of points on the scoreboard. After a poor shooting performance, he’s looking to bounce back in a big way.
The Dragons are also welcoming Winston Sheppard III to replace Shaun Bruce, who had a quiet seven points on 4-for-16 shooting in his only game this season.
Sheppard is an American 6-foot-8 forward who last played for the Maccabi Ashdod of the Israeli Premier League.
Who will get on the win column first – the Dragons or the Wolf Warriors?