It was the middle of the week and local fans turned up in throngs to support their Malaysian represent Westports Malaysia Dragons in their first home game.

The Dragons finally had a full roster with the addition of Curtis Washington but it was not enough to dethrone Chong Son Kung Fu at MABA Stadium. Kung Fu rallied on with their third successive win, taking down the Dragons by 15 points, 81-96.

Head coach Christopher Thomas said that the mental makeup in the game against Kung Fu was not as good as the last weekend game against Mono Vampire.

Dragons defeated Mono Vampire last weekend in a thriller double overtime game with 112-116.

“I think we kind of lost who we were at times. We were getting some good things on with the locals with big minutes. We are going to keep building, going back to the drawing board and continue to preach and teach the proper techniques.

“We are still trying to adjust some things. We’re going to get there and I have faith in the process. Time to get back to work tomorrow,” Thomas said.

Curtis Washington debuted with 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists while Marcus Marshall had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals.

Dragons struggled early

Cold hands in the early quarter, the Dragons were making only one out of six attempts with the first score from Reil Cervantes.

Kung Fu leveraged with an early lead midway through the first quarter and hitting 8 point lead ahead of Dragons from Justin Howard and Guo Kai, 5-13. The home team were only making 2-11 compared to Kung Fu with 5-11.

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Foul troubles coupled with low field goals, Dragons were struggling to get to the inside of the perimeter for baskets. By the end of the first quarter, Kung Fu dominated with an eight-point lead over Dragons, 19-27.

Right from the start of the second quarter, the Dragons did not back down from defending the home court, Kung Fu was limited to only a point in the first three minutes. Dragons were just two points behind Kung Fu 26-28 after scoring 7-1 in the run from Cabahug’s three-point shot.

Kung Fu quickly recovered by the mid-quarter scoring 8-0 from Tucker, Howard, Guo Kai and Tiongson; taking a strong lead of 10 points ahead of the Dragons, 26-36.

Dragons fought back and came back closing into Kung Fu by a razor-thin point in the final two minutes and finally took over the lead after a three-point score by Loh Shee Fai, 38-36.

The home team pushed their way through to the halftime with a 13-3 scoring run with Washington making two successive three-pointers, 46-40.

A major comeback by the Dragons with a massive 27 points scored in the second quarter and successfully limiting Kung Fu to merely 13 points. The Dragons also improved their shooting percentage 43.6 from 35 while Kung Fu dropped to 45.5 percent from 52.6.

Kung Fu punches ahead

Kung Fu tried to shave the Dragons’ lead to two points in the third quarter, trying to regain the lead from the home team. The Dragons kept their composure but the lead was soon taken over by Kung Fu after 8-0 scoring run by Guo Kai and Bermillo.

Dragons were trailing behind Kung Fu in the last two minutes of the third quarter, 62-66. By the end of the quarter, Kungfu was ahead by 6 points over Dragons, 66-72.

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Kung Fu managed to keep the Dragons at the bay, limiting the output to 20 points while they pulled it off with a strong 32 points in the third quarter.

Things were not looking good for the Dragons as they struggled to keep Kung Fu on the pace. Howard’s lead on the court with 8-3 scoring took Kung Fu back up to a 10-point lead in the mid-quarter, 75-86.

Kung Fu took it off leveraging on Dragons’ mistakes and took a strong leap ahead easily to end the game from a 10 point lead to 15 points.

Westports Malaysia Dragons will play against Mono Vampire this December 3 (Saturday) at 2.30PM MABA Stadium Kuala Lumpur.

by Norman Goh

Statistics:

Westports Malaysia Dragons
Curtis Washington (29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists)
Marcus Marshall (16 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals)
Patrick Cabahug (10 points, 3 rebounds)
Teo Kok Hou (7 points, 4 rebounds)
Ting Chun Hong (6 points)

Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club
Justin Howard (31 points, 16 rebounds)
Anthony Tucker (22 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists)
Guo Kai (19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals)
Caelan Tiongson (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals)