KUALA LUMPUR – Westports Malaysia Dragons have named 15 players to step-up during the pre-season friendly against the Singapore Slingers this weekend (3rd Nov) at MABA Stadium, 12PM. Head Coach Jamie believes this to be a good opportunity to test the players against one of the team’s long time rivals before the season starts to know the competition. “We’ve got a brand new Dragons’ line-up this year, and most of these players have not played in the international scene yet so I’m grateful that (Singapore) Slingers will be coming to have this friendly with us.” “It’s really the first chance we get to gauge ourselves against an opposition ABL team,” said Coach Jamie. Among the 15 players include 3 imports, Chris Eversley, Nnanna Egwu, Sundiata Gaines and 12 locals, Benjamin Sim, Chan Kek Thai, Heng Yee Tong, Tan Wei Long, Chiang Wei Er, Joshua Gan and his brother Teck Le, Chin Cheng Wah, Kel Hung, Kwan Joe Ee, Jonathan Wong Zhong Han and a familiar Dragonforce, Loh Shee Fai. The season roster has not been set yet, so these players will still have to prove their strength for their spot to play in Season 9 of the ASEAN Basketball League with the team. Most of these players from the Development Team that performed exceptionally well during the MPL D-League and has also been training with Dragons’ Head Coach Jamie since his arrival in September. Jonathan Wong Zhong Han is a Singaporean who will be playing for the Dragons as a local player. He qualifies as a local as per ABL league rules as his mother is of a Malaysian descent. He caught eyes when he played in the recent Malaysia Hoops Challenge 2018 for Singapore Adroit where he averaged at 19.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Unfortunate news is that Coach Jamie have stated that Shee Fai, Benjamin Sim and Kwan Joe Ee might not be playing this weekend. This weekend’s friendly (Saturday 12PM) against the Slingers will be held at MABA Stadium and is a free entrance game. The Malaysian Women Basketball League’s third week will be played after the friendly at 2PM so basketball fanatics should stick around for the day after the game (tickets sold separately).