CYBERJAYA – It was an eye opening match as Kaohsiung Truth from Taiwan proved them to be formidable opponents, beating the Dragons, 79-97.

Despite being one of the newest teams with the youngest head coach of the league, Sabatino Chen, they were able to put up an excellent display of shots.

Dragons dominated the first 5 minutes of the match, achieving double digits while making sure their opponents stay below with 4 points.

However things start to go downhill from there, Dragons’ confidence and poor defensive maneuvers cost them the lead, remaining stagnant at 14 until the last minute.

Truth took advantage of the slow game then and caught up to them with a final three-point shot by their sharpshooter Hsu, ending the quarter at 18-15.

Usually, Dragons will start to wear down in the 3rd quarter, but this time it was the second quarter that hit them hard.

With a single jump shot by Spencer, they were able to achieve 20 points at the start of the quarter, but that was the only shot they made up until the last few minutes.

While the Dragons were finding it tough to get the ball through the basket from twos and threes, Kaohsiung Truth caught up, then took the lead by storm with easy and safe shots.

Score was at 28-49 by period end.

Truth expanded their lead in the 3rd quarter. With Hsu scoring 11 points without missing a shot, they led the game by 29 points then.

Starting the final period with so much trailing points, Dragons had to step up their offensive strength and speed to catch up.

With much effort, they manage to reduce the gap by 10 more points, however their hiccup in the second quarter is just too punishing.

However Kaohsiung’s zone defense strategy was able to push Dragons out, forcing them to resort to shots, which were not up to par against the Truth’s 56% field goal percentage.

Focusing on defense, young head coach Sabatino Chen said, “We changed it, got away from man to man as I think we don’t have the personnel to challenge them man-to-man for a whole game. So playing zone defense was what suited us best.”

Marcus Melvin was the leading scorer of Dragons with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Followed by Wong Yi Hou with 17 points, 4 of which were 3-pointers. Spencer came in third with 15 points and his usual whopping 13 rebounds.

With the lost of their 8th game, Dragons are now back down to 5th place in the league, whereas Kaohsiung Truth has moved up two spots into the 4th place.

Dragons will be able to exact revenge on Kaohsiung Truth in two weeks in Taiwan on 5th February.

Written By : Benjamin Lim