KUALA LUMPUR – It was a neck-to-neck game from start to finish but Dragons succeeded in defending our home court on Valentine’s Day at the Dragons’ Den against Indonesia’s CLS Knights, 89-84.

It was Chris Eversley’s atheleticism that gave us 5 points from a tie score of 84-84 with only 45 seconds to go. He first sunk a 3-point jumpshot assisted by Jonathan Wong then intercepted a pass from CLS’ Douglas Herring for a sweet crowd-standing layup that won the game.

Our #DigiBorderless player of the game Chris Eversley finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals while Jonathan Wong scored 22 points off the bench, which was crucial for our win. Winston Shepard dominated the under basket for a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds.

“Jon Wong obviously had a good game, probably his best game of the season, he was amazing,” said coach Pearlman, “Everyone steps up and everyone played well, we were a force.”

Being aware of their opponent’s strength, Coach Pearlman decided to keep the pressure on CLS outside the arc to force a drive from them.

“2 is less than 3, simple mathematics. We wanted to take away their ability to shoot 3-points as they’re a very good 3-point shooting team, we really believed Nnanna and his presence around the rim and we wanted those guys to have to drive in and make plays over Nnanna.”

Dragons are now 8th in the leaderboards with 6-9 while CLS Knights after losing this game has a win-loss rate of 9-10.

This Sunday’s our first game against Formosa Dreamers from Taiwan and the coaching staff of Westports Malaysia Dragons are working very hard to come up with a strategy. “They’re a very offensively talented team, very mobile so we have to sit down to devise a game plan,” said coach.