Hong Kong Eastern made it three wins in a row, toppling the Westports Malaysia Dragons 89-78 inside the MABA Stadium.
Marcus Elliott led the way for Hong Kong, as the World Import dropped a game high 26 points, to go along with 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. He was part of a turnaround in the third period, breaking through a sluggish start to his squad. The Dragons led 43-39, frustrating Hong Kong with stingy defense and challenge in each possessions.
Hong Kong gave them a dose of their own medicine in the third quarter, outscoring Malaysia 25-15 in the period to take a 64-58 advantage into the final frame. They would pull ahead for good, highlighted by a fastbreak lob by O’Darien Bassett and slam by Elliott to give Hong Kong Eastern a 15 point lead with 3:57 left in the game.
The Dragons wasted a season-best performance from World Import Nnanna Egwu, tallying 25 point, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. He went head to head all game long against Hong Kong’s Sam Deguara, who dominated as well with 25 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.
Chris Everlsey had another all around game for Westports Malaysia Dragons, chipping in 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Winston Shepard flirted with a triple double of 13 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists, although he struggled from the field with 5/18 shooting.
Hong Kong got a lift off the bench from another great showing from Lee Ki, who outscored the entire Dragons bench by himself en route to 16 points on 4/9 from three point range.
The win catapults Hong Kong into sixth place in the standings with a 6-4 record. The Dragons fall to 7th overall with a 2-3 card.
The Dragons will look for payback as they host the unbeaten San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on January 9 at the MABA Stadium before Hong Kong gets their own crack at the defending champs on January 11.