Coming back from a tie at the overtime, Westports Malaysia Dragons sealed a thriller win over Formosa Dreamers, after coming short in the earlier part. It was Chris Eversley’s last ten seconds basket that sealed the win for the Malaysian team, 92-95.

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Chris Eversley’s first match coming back with the Dragons saw him raking a double-double for the team with 38 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Dreamers were coming neck-to-neck towards the final quarter to the overtime, Munzon who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists led the team through a gritty game.

“This is a team (Dreamers) that is extremely competitive, winning games. At some point of time, I’m convinced that the guys will be rewarded. They will be extremely dangerous in the coming. They will be a force in the league.

“Very lucky and very fortunate that we weathered the storm and came out on top,” Dragons head coach Christopher Thomas said.

Dreamers’ Cameron Forte scored 42 points, 25 rebounds and 5 assists while Chen Yu Han took 19 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds.

The Dragons began the game neck-to-neck, tying the points 5-5 after Chris Eversley took on the first three pointer. Midway into the first quarter, Bryan Davis made a dunk putting the lead back into the hands of the Dragons by a razor thin point, 10-11.

As the game tied again at 12-12 when Yi Hou made one out of the two free throws, Dragons decided to place Kok Hou on board with Purdy, pushing the tempo up.

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Although Forte took on a lead with 11 points, Munzon played the time well closing the first quarter at 22-22 with a three pointer. Chris Eversley and Joshua Munzon led the team with 8 and 7 points respectively.

Dreamers rummaged across the floor and reclaimed the lead with 8-3 scoring in the run, the sole basket from Munzon in the first two minutes into the second quarter. Dragons were trailing by five points, 30-25.

All hope is not lost and although the Dragons were behind the Dreamers by 7 points, Purdy and Eversley shaved their lead down to three points, 32-29.

The Dragons quickly reclaimed the lead from the Dreamers and towards the last minute of the quarter, Davies were elbowed from the back by Aguilar. The Malaysian team took the advantage of the two free throws from the unsportsmanlike foul on Aguilar.

By the end of half time, the Dragons’ scoring by 22 points compared to Dreamers’ at 17 points gave them the advantage to lead by five points, 39-44.

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The Dragons were leading comfortably in the first part of the third quarter, extending the lead to the largest at 12 points, the Dreamers retaliated back with a back-to-back three pointers by Wu Sung Wei to shave the lead down to just four points, 54-58.

Yi Hou answered the call alongside Jawhar Purdy’s jump shot to put the Dragons back at a double digit lead in the last three minutes of the third quarter, 54-64.

It was just a matter of two minutes before closing the quarter, the Dreamers fought hard and took on a 6-1 scoring run from Forte and Chien to cut the Dragons lead to just three points, 62-65.

Right from the start of the last quarter, the Dreamers’ Chen Yu Han and Forte were scoring baskets after baskets. The Dragons falter further down to seven points behind the Dreamers, 74-67.

The Dreamers took on a 12-2 scoring run and reversed the game rhythm in their favour as the Dragons struggle to make any baskets.

Down but not out, Munzon’s four-point basket with Davis kept the Dreamers on their tail. Towards the midway of the final quarter, the Dreamers were only a point ahead of the Dragons, 76-75.

Chris Eversley’s hustle for the ball and reclaimed the lead back into the hands of the Dragons, 76-77 as the clock ticked down to the last three minutes. Aguilar was eventually fouled out while Davies was given a technical foul at the same time.

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Just moments after Wu’s free throw, Forte grabbed another offensive foul for the Dreamers to lead again by two points, 79-77. Tian Yuan had to bow out from the court after booking his fifth foul in the game.

A double technical call was given for both teams and as the Dragons were trailing just by a point behind the Dreamers, Chris Eversley took the offensive rebound after Munzon missing the second free throw to put the team up by a point, 80-81.

Eversley raked another basket for a two point lead in the last two minutes but at the same time, the Dragons face a major setback losing Davis when he booked his fifth foul, 81-83.

Dreamers’ Chen Yu Han tied the game after his layup at 83-83 but Munzon timed the play well to give the lead back to the Dragons when Yi Hou dropped his crucial basket, 83-85 in the last thirty seconds of the game. Just moments after the time out, Forte tied the game back at 85-85 with a layup in the final 20 seconds pushing into the overtime.

Westports Malaysia Dragons will meet San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on March 4 at 2.30PM, MABA Stadium Kuala Lumpur.

Statistics

Westports Malaysia Dragons

Chris Eversley (38 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists)

Joshua Munzon (29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists)

Bryan Davis (15 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks)

Jawhar Purdy (7 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists)

Wong Yi Hou (6 points, 4 rebounds)

Formosa Dreamers

Cameron Forte (42 points, 25 rebounds, 5 assists)

Chen Yu Han (19 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds)

Kenneth Chien (12 points, 6 rebounds)

Ronnie Aguilar (7 points, 8 rebounds)