The Westports Malaysia Dragons escape the Wolf Warriors on the road, 74-73, to notch their first victory of the season in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
In a battle of two winless teams, the Wolf Warriors had one final opportunity to get their first win in franchise history but squandered multiple opportunities, including missing a total of 14 freebies from the charity stripe.
Down by one with five seconds remaining in the game, Wolf Warriors guard Jenning Leung managed to steal the ball off an inbound pass by Chris Eversley, but Eric Tisby missed the potential game-winning layup as the rookie team lose their sixth game in as many tries.
After a very sloppy start from both teams, the Dragons led by as much as eight after a Nnanna Egwu dunk at the 6:39 mark of the second quarter. However, the Wolf Warriors slowly clawed back to reclaim a one-point lead entering intermission.
Behind local forward Cai Chen, the Wolf Warriors finally extended their lead to double-digits after they outscored the Malaysian side in the third. Dragons import Chris Eversley scored 11 of the team’s 13 third quarter points.
The Dragons managed to tie the game at 55-all with a little over six minutes left in the game behind a 12-0 run fueled by four combined triples from Eversley and Loh Shee Fai.
Eversley continued to wax hot in the fourth quarter to tow his team to the finish line with 30 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while the debuting Winston Shepard added 25 points, and 13 boards. No other Dragon scored more than five points.
Cai Chen scored 20 points and grabbed 13 boards to try and tow the Wolf Warriors, while imports Eric Tisby and Mike Bell were limited to 14 points each in the loss.
Both teams return to action on December 9: The Wolf Warriors will try to string their first franchise win streak when they visit the Singapore Slingers, while the Westports Malaysia Dragons challenge the Saigon Heat in Vietnam.
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