KUALA LUMPUR – A fourth win in a row was made not possible for the Westports Malaysia Dragons as we lost our away game against Saigon Heat by 13 points, 78-65.

The Heat started the game with a much higher intensity and were disruptive defensively, which restricted our home team’s ability to sink shots according to head coach Jamie Pearlman.

We have to learn quickly that every game is going to be a battle and that preparation strategically and mentally is key if we are going to be competitive, especially on the road.

Saigon dominated the first half, hitting the Dragons with a 20 point scoring run from the get-go. Not allowing the Malaysian team to score much until 3 minutes left on the clock when Eversley scored a lay-up, 20-2.

The first quarter saw our team trailing by 22 points, 28-6. It was a disadvantageous start for the team but they were not ready to give up then. The Dragons picked up their game a little better in the following quarter but still lost to the Heat’s massive offensive advances.

This continued on throughout the game but the team got back to executing their fundamentals on defence in the second half where they even brought down the winning gap to mere 8 points in the fourth quarter, but alas it was a little too late.

Nnanna Egwu achieved a double-double with 13 points and 19 rebounds which added with the team for a total of 54 rebounds (19 offensively and 34 defensively), 3 more than Saigon’s 51 total rebounds — but the Heat was better at their defensive rebounds (44) which was credited mostly by Kyle Barone and Trevon Hughes.

Our team’s next game on the road will be against Hong Kong Eastern in two days time, this Wednesday at 8:00PM.

Hong Kong will be another tough game in this 5 game road stretch, so it will be essential that we start well and not allow them to get comfortable on their home court,” said coach Pearlman.