With just six games down the stretch and the tight race to book the ticket to the finals, Westports Malaysia Dragons will have to be ready in the final month to finish the race.

Three teams in the Asean Basketball League have already booked their place in the playoffs: Hong Kong Eastern, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and Chongson Kungfu.

The second placed Alab Pilipinas is currently holding an eight-game winning streak this season thus far, but the newly reshuffled Malaysia Dragons is set to put up a good fight at MABA Stadium.

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Only the top six in the league will advance to the playoffs and with just three spots left, there is a lot at stake.

For Dragons’ head coach Christopher Thomas, it is always good to make a turn for a win last week to set the positive mood among the players.

“You know what, you make your own ‘luck’ in life and you make your own luck in basketball. I wouldn’t think that a luck because Chris was in the right spot. He was exactly where he was supposed to be to get the rebound. Was it lucky that it landed in his hands, sure! Was he in the right spot to create that luck? Absolutely,” Thomas commented about the overtime game as the crucial moment when Chris Eversley took on the offensive rebound for a layup.

“It feels good just to get on the right side of a final score. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lost a game or ten in a row, the hunger to win again is why we do this. Of course, it feels great to get back on winning track.”

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Thomas also mentioned that the Dragons is now a very different team after the reshuffle last February. He believed that the team’s morale shot up with the new players.

“We’ve got a long way to go. We still got six really important games. Very proud of them, very happy they got rewarded for bringing that positive energy to the table. We hope to keep that positive morale going into the right direction. I think they mesh really well and I think the meshing together has been a really smooth transition.

“We will try get healthy and get ready for the game against Alab. We can understand that we match up a lot better with them now, having Chris here to match up against Brownlee or Balkman. We can control the way we attack and that’s what we will focus on, let’s the chips fall into place,” said Thomas.

Westports Malaysia Dragons will meet San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on March 5 at 2.30PM, MABA Stadium Kuala Lumpur.