Ho Chi Minh City РWestports Malaysia Dragons took a loss against Saigon Heat by 5 points despite a huge comeback rally of 14 points scoring run in the last quarter.

“Our offence created enough opportunities for us to score however we just couldn’t finish off our plays,” said Dragons’ Coach Pearlman.

The Dragonforce were not shooting their best shots despite making the right team plays. They were able to get the ball around but were not knocking down the shots they needed.

Dragons’ field goal shots were at 18% versus Saigon’s 40% in the first quarter, which put them off on a rocky start from the get-go.

In spite of this, the team kept playing and with Coach Pearlman’s adjustments they were able to keep the Heat on their toes and even almost winning the game.

The team pushed through Heat’s offences, and even quashed their 15-point lead to 1 but were unable to turn the table.

Coach said, “While disappointed to lose the game, it was one that we will learn a lot from which will help us grow as a team.”

Dragons’ finished with a 31% (24-76) field goal percentage as opposed to Saigon’s 37% (23-62).

Saigon Heat kept pressure on Chris Eversley throughout the entire game which forced Dragons to switch their strategy to play but this gave Winston Shepard some space to score.

Team captain Winston Shepard scored 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, while coming up next is Nnanna Egwu with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 1 block.

Despite the loss, Coach Pearlman said, “I’m really proud of the team’s defensive efforts, we will always give ourselves a chance to win games if we can hold teams to a low score.”

Dragons will play Saigon Heat again (2nd Jan 2019) but this time at home grounds in MABA Stadium, a.k.a. the Dragons’ Den.