CYBERJAYA – The Malaysian players kept the score gap to a minimum throughout the game, but lost footing in last quarter against the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions. Suffering a 25 point defeat, this is the biggest lost for Westports Malaysia Dragons.

When facing the media, Coach Thomas smirked and asked, “It was like a bolt of lightning in the fourth quarter wasn’t it? We cut it down to 10 (points gap) but then lost it hard. My boys were tired.”

 

Ivan Yeo injured his knee just before half-time, placing him on the bench for the rest of the game.

Coach Thomas looked devastated when his forward fell to the floor. “My heart goes out to Ivan, he’s done everything right all season long. He’s worked his tail off and has been so receptive to coaching.”

The young 24-year old who just celebrated his birthday two days ago was one of the key players of the match for Dragons, scored 4 points in the little 14 minutes he had.

Kiwi Gardner got a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and 8 assist – two away from a triple-double. Kuek Tian Yuan from Dragons  was the top scorer of the team with 22 points, he had 62% shot accuracy from the 3-point line.

 

With 13 loss and only 3 wins, it does not look good for the Dragons in the current season and but the team still has 4 more games to go.

They will be facing Alab Pilipinas in the Philippines tomorrow (Sunday, 5th March) 8PM at Sta. Rosa Arena.

Currently at 3rd place of the leaderboard, Alab will definitely be a tough match for the Dragons especially with Ivan Yeo injured.

“I pray he gets better soon because he deserves to play in the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) later this year,” said Coach Thomas looking hopeful.

Written by: Benjamin Lim