CYBERJAYA – Westports Malaysia Dragons will be facing the Saigon Heat in their 14th this season on Friday. This will be the third out of four matchups between the two teams. Tip-off is schedule for 8 p.m. at Gem-in Mall, Cyberjaya.

Recent Matches

Dragons broke their losing streak when they defeated Alab Pilipinas 79-77 last Sunday. Their team chemistry looks to be building up quite well despite changing team dynamics mid-season.

“I can’t emphasize it enough, we’ve got the best coach in the league,” said Dragons point-guard Kiwi Gardner. “And if you know basketball, that’s a big thing.”

“We can win games, with the players we have on our team. Plus we’ve got Josh and big Sky on the glass and me pushing pace for coaches game plans, I think we have enough to win.

The Heat had a 3-win streak until Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions played them in Ho Chi Minh City last Saturday, 72-97.

Match up based on most recent game.

STATS Dragons Heat
Field Goal % 29/78 (37%) 28/63 (44%)
2-points 24/42 (57%) 26/46 (56%)
3-points 5/36 (13%) 2/17 (11%)
Free-throws 16/21 (76%) 14/24 (58%)
Rebounds 49 39

Leaderboards

Both teams are currently at the bottom of the league with the Malaysian Dragons having 3 wins over 13 games, whereas Saigon Heat has 3 wins over 11 games.

The Heat isn’t the only team posing as an obstacle for Dragons to reach the playoffs, they have to best Kaohsiung Truth which currently resides in the 4th seat of the league. They have 5 wins in 13 games.

It will be a no-rest weekend for the Dragons as they will also face Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions on Sunday. Fortunately for them, both games will be played at home.

Writen by: Benjamin Lim