CYBERJAYA – Westports Malaysia Dragons secures their first home win over Saigon Heat at 82-67, breaking their losing streak of 4.

Dragons went in headstrong first with Captain Ma scoring two consecutive shots, giving Dragons a good start. They then focused on offense, giving the Heat a hard time to pace themselves. Close to the end of the first quarter, Dragons doubled the Heat’s score at 15-7.

Two minutes before the first quarter break, Munzon of the Heat manage to utilize his speed and accuracy to boost his team’s score by scoring 2 free-throws then stealing a ball for a foul-in lay up.

However, Dragons manage to pull away with a 3 by Wong Yi Hou and a 2 from Spencer, ending the quarter at 20-14.

Feeling like the team was in a ditch and stiffening up, Melvin rose to the occation and scored 12 points in the second quarter allowing his team to lead by 6 by half-time. “I decided to just make plays and it worked out for us,” said the big man about his second quarter spree.

After coming back from the locker room, Dragons then incinerated Heat with 32 points. The imports took the show at first, starting off with a soft alley oop from Goldstein to Spencer – it never gets old. With a combination of shots, they carried Dragons’ points up by 12 over the Heat.

Then our local players Yi Hou, Chun Hong and Ivan Yeo stepped up in the last half of the third period, maintaining their lead.

Our Malaysian players usually excels in the first half, then scramble to get shots in the other, this time however they made us proud.

With 14 points ahead of their rivals, all they had to do was rely on defense and score only when needed to maintain their lead, and that is what they did.

Top scorers of the match are Marcus Melvin with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Freddie Goldstein with 13 points 9 rebounds.

Eyeing to be in the first five, Dragons’ score 34 points from the bench, as compared to Heat’s 4 points. Ivan Yeo finsihed with 9 points, Yi Hou and Kok Hou both with 8.

“When we get contributions like that from our local players, that’s big time,” said Coach Thomas. “Of course we expect our imports to excel but what we really need this season is our local players to continue to play like they did.”

Game 8 of Westports Malaysia Dragons will be against Kaohsiung Truth at home in Cyberjaya, 25th January.

Written by : Benjamin Lim