SINGAPORE – “One more. There is nothing to celebrate yet.”

Dragons’ Reginald Johnson uttered those words aloud right after the buzzer ended the game at the OCBC Arena Singapore.

Westports Malaysia Dragons emerged a much confident team to win the title this season after defeating Singapore Slingers in a sold-out Game 3 of ABL Finals. The 2,500 crowd never left their seats as Slingers were also on their toes in the game.

Slingers were left in a disappointment, losing a much larger margin by 18 points this game and gave away their first home game to Malaysia Dragons, 90-72.

“The same and we are not going to quit. We know that and Sunday is going to be a hard work for all of us.

“We are on the roll and the team have to step up to win the game in this atmosphere. We were in Saigon and we still did a pretty good job. I just play basketball and do what I need to do,” Johnson said.

Slingers’ were torn apart from foul troubles in the second half of the game, leaving inner court without Xavier Alexander when he was fouled out in the final 5 minutes of the game.

The Singaporean team were playing with four players booked with 4 fouls: Kris Rosales, Justin Howard, Desmond Oh and Wong Wei Long. Having key players on the hook to getting benched, the Dragons took advantage of the situation and adjusted well for the game.

Johnson emerged as the player of the game and led the team with 34 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals. He singled handedly scored 12 points in the first quarter alone.

300-strong supporters took a trip down from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, alongside about 200 Dragons’ fans who are residing in Singapore, chanted “Johnson MVP” every time when he took to the line for a free throw.

Commenting on that, Johnson was thankful with the strong support from the fans and he was excited to have the fans who came all the way from Kuala Lumpur to watch the finals game.

“I feel really special with that for the team. Come Sunday, and one more game away for championship. I got chills thinking about that but it’s not going to be easy,” Johnson added.

The Dragons were tied 1-1 after a much anticipated crowd, hungry for a win in game 2 that locked the two ABL pioneer teams into the second final series in Singapore. Dragons won the Game 2 by 16 points, 83-67.

Game 4 will be held on Sunday, March 20th at 4PM, OCBC Arena Singapore.

(Photo credit: Kuk Thew)