As it stands currently, Saigon Heat are 1 spot above Dragons in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) this season. With 5 games in, they are in the fourth place.

The Heat have just beaten Kaohsiung Truth of Taiwan recently with a 14 point difference at 99-85 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Malaysian team, having lost one more than Saigon Heat in 6 games, have been on a 4 game losing streak. Despite their loss, Dragons’ head coach Christopher Thomas still looks to the brighter side.

“Compare ourselves since the start of the league, when our players are just starting to get to know one another, and right now in the league,” said the proud coach. “We’ve come so far and progressed so much, foundations are being polished and experiences are learnt.”

Dragons’ only win was in Game 2 when they went up against Saigon Heat mid-December last year. Played in Heat’s home arena, Dragons won by 7 points, never losing grip of the lead until the final buzzer.

Measuring up both teams based on their recent games, Saigon Heat looks to be a challenge for the Dragons. However, the Westports Malaysia Dragons have been showing improvements with every game played.

Despite improvements, they were trying for more shots beyond the 3-point line more often than they should in their last match against Alab Pilipinas. Scoring only 7 of 40 of those shots at 17.5% accuracy.

Coach Thomas was displeased by his team’s performance but looks only to help them improve, to train them harder.

Of their last two games, the Malaysian team have had not much rest having to play 2 games in 3 days. However, with this game happening on Friday, they will have had much rest.

Paired with their previous win, Dragons will be prepared mentally and physically for this match.

The game will be held in Gem-in Mall, Cyberjaya this coming Friday the 20th at 8 p.m. local time.

Written by : Benjamin Lim