CYBERJAYA – Despite starting out strong, the Westports Malaysia Dragons succumb to defeat against Saigon Heat from Vietnam on Friday night by 11 points.

Dragons were on the aggressive play from tip-off as they opened with a 12 point lead over the Heat, only to be broken by their streak of 11 points mid-quarter.

It was an uphill battle then for Dragons as they lost their momentum, closing each quarter with an even bigger trail from Saigon Heat.

Dragons’ head coach Christopher Thomas expresses that it was a mentality thing, “When something works, you have to stick with it and keep doing it.”

Skylar Spencer finished the game again with the double-double at 20 points and 14 rebounds. Kiwi Gardner with most points of the game, ended with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.

Tipping Moment

The third quarter was their downfall when mistakes were made on the Malaysian players end and the Heat took every opportunity to the basket.

Saigon Heat were able to counter every point Dragons made to the basket and then secured their lead when they conceded turnovers.

Things got heated up with Joshua Munzon when Lenny Daniel had an unsportsmanlike foul when driving in on him.

Being one of Dragons’ newest import, this is the first time Munzon is going up against his previous team.

Saigon Heat played very well defensively to maintain their lead in the last quarter with a full court press.

Coach Thomas explained that his team lost out when their tactics got blurred out as players moved the ball on their own and not with the team.

“You win with habits, you don’t win with talent. Talent is great and it’s important, but players win when habits match up with their skill set,” said Coach Thomas. “And habits take time to develop.”

Upcoming Game

Westports Malaysia Dragons will face Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions back-to-back first at 2.30 PM at Gem-in Mall, Cyberjaya this Sunday (26th February), then next Friday at 8 PM.

Having lost twice already to the Lions in away games, will they be able to turn the tables around at home grounds?

Written by: Benjamin Lim