Dragons will be going up against Singapore Slingers for the fourth time this Asean Basketball League (ABL) season on the 10th of February at Cyberjaya.

Currently at first place with 9 wins and 3 losses, the match with Slingers would definitely test the strength of Dragons’ new team.

Westports Malaysia Dragons have had a few changes since their last match with their rival neighbour. Marcus Melvin and Freddie Goldstein have been released from the team prior to two new signings.

Although both players have had good games each, their results were inconsistent and team management decided that a change is what they need.

According to Assistant General Manager Shoghi Gan, “We needed someone dynamic that
can score from anywhere on the floor and create plays for others.”

Dragons two new imports are two ABL rookies, Joshua Munzon and Keyondrei “Kiwi” Gardner.

Last Sunday was Joshua Munzon’s debut when Dragons fought Kaohsiung Truth in Taiwan. The young rookie scored 27 points paired with 5 rebounds and 8 assists despite a 94-86 defeat.

Kiwi Gardner is a 24-year old ABL rookie coming in at 5’7″. He excels what he lacks in height with his ball handling and creating spaces.

In 2014, he joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2014 NBA Summer League and then played for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

With the Warriors, he won the 2015 NBA D-League championship.

The American import averaged at 23.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game (10 games) when he was playing with Pioneros de Los Mochis for the 2015 Circuito de Baloncesto de la Costa del Pacífico (CIBACOPA) Season.

“Kiwi is an extremely dynamic and talented player who has an uncanny ability to score and defend under pressure,” said Head Coach Thomas. “I have marveled at his incredible ability to score from afar when I was in Golden State and I’m excited about what he will bring to our team.”

So far, Dragons have had a losing streak but with 11 more games to go, the Playoffs are still in reach.

At the time of posting, the Malaysian team is waiting on ABL’s approval to have Kiwi Gardner play this Friday. If everything goes according to plan, Gardner will be playing as Dragons’ point guard wearing the number #55 jersey.

Written by: Benjamin Lim