Here’s our team by team round up for the fourth week of the Malaysia Pro League (MPL) Development League 2018

  1. NS Matrix (8-0)

NS Matrix 76 Red Baron 60

Matrix started the weekend defeating the team, many tout as their closest contenders, Red Baron Basketball Club 76-60, pulling away in the third quarter and not looking back.Matrix’s team chemistry proved dividends again, with solid ball movement, smart shot selections and tight defense both inside and outside. The player of the game would be Chang Zi Fueng with a double double of 17 points and 15 rebounds

NS Matrix 68 Farmco Knights 66

Their second game would be their toughest challenge thus far in their second encounter against the Farmco Knights. After leading by nine  points against Farmco with six minutes to go, the young Matrix team would lose their composure turning the ball over with 20 seconds to go while ahead by two. fortunately for them, Wong Chin Yong would miss the potential game tying lay up despite Tan Chee Wey (Matrix) being left stranded unable to challenge. Matrix would Come away with the 68-66 victory, pushing their record to 8-0. The  player of the game would be Anthony Liew with 9 points and 14 rebounds

NS Matrix’s Liew Wei Yuong
  1. PRG Warriors  (3-1 )

 PRG Warriors 73 Verve Club 65

PRG would pick up their third win defeating Verve Club 73-65. The young team would not lose their composure despite losing the lead which they had for the majority of the game midway through the third. PRG kept their nerves, making the key free throws made by Liew Kar Choon and Tong Weng Keong, to regain the lead for good at the end of the third.  Two key three pointers by Lewis Inpik was key in quenching any attempts of a Verve comeback in the fourth. Liew keeps up his fine form, finishing the night with 25 points, earning Player Of The Game honors

PRG Warriors’s Thea Zhong Shin
  1. KL Dragons (2-1)

KL Dragons 59 Seven Star 58

The Dragons defeat Seven Star in a thrilling encounter that went down to the final  buzzer. Dragons started slow going down by 10 in the first quarter before making a run in the second to take the lead. They were however unable to pull away for the entire game and several defensive lapses allowed a Seven Star fightback with Seven Star regaining the lead with a minute remaining the game off a basket by Ng Jing Jiek. The Dragons would turn to their leading scorer, Chiang Wei Er who blew by the defense of Kwan Joe Ee for the layup which put the Dragons up with 37 seconds to go. The Dragons would be thankful to hang on for the victory as Seven Star missed an incredible six attempts to win the game in the final seconds of the game.

The Dragon’s best player would be Chiang with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists, making 12 key free throws to lead the Dragons to victory . Poh Chee Hoa, a former national youth team player would make an impressive debut for the Dragons with 13 points and 3 assists.

KL Dragons’s Chiang Wei Er
  1. New Ampang Youth Club (2-1)

Did Not Play For The Week


5. Farmco Knights  (1-2)

Farmco Knights 66 NS Matrix 68

Farmco would be left frustrated being unable to break the unbeaten streak of NS Matrix after Wong Chin Yong missed the attempt to tie game at the buzzer. It would be a much improved performance from their first meeting against Matrix where they were soundly beaten. Farmco’s best player for the game was Choo Wei Hong with 19 points and six rebounds

Farmco Knights 86 Red Baron 79

Farmco would pick up their first victory in a close encounter with Red Baron. Despite going down early by nine to Red Baron, Farmco showed grit and determination to keep chipping away the lead and finally took the lead midway through the third off a hook shot by Teh Wei Hong. They would not look back and despite a furious 9-0 run by Red Baron to cut the lead to four with 25 seconds to go, Farmco would hold firm to ice the game at the free throw line

Wong Chin Yong would bounce back from the previous game disappointment with a impressive 21 points and 18 rebounds, leading four players in double digits scoring for Farmco.

Farmco Knight’s Hilmi Rashid
  1. Melaka 96ers (1-2)

Melaka 96ers 68 Seven Star 65

Melaka 96ers scored their first victory of their MPL D League campaign with a close 68-65 victory over Seven Star. Melaka would bring in former national youth team player Wee Joon Lock for some much needed extra firepower. Wee did not disappoint, scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds, earning the player of the game honors. Led by the hot of both both Wee and Tan Wei Jie, Melaka thought they would cruise to a victory after leading by 16 midway through the third quarter . They however almost succumbed to the furious fightback of Seven Star, only grabbing the victory after Jason Ng Khar Xin missed a wide open three point attempt that could have tied the game at the buzzer

The rebounding advantage was crucial for Melaka with Wei Jie grabbing seven offensive rebounds which were crucial in giving Melaka 13 second chance points which were vital in giving them the crucial win

Melaka 96ers’s Wee Joon Lock
  1. Red Baron (1-2)

Red Baron 60 NS Matrix 76

A game which was highly anticipated fizzled out into a crushing defeat for Red BaronAt the hands of the league leaders, NS Matrix. Despite only being down by two early in Third quarter, Red Baron would faze out in the third, with poor shot selections and theirInability to contain the hot shooting of NS Matrix. By the end of the third, Red Baron wereDown by 14 and never looked like coming back. Their best performer for this game was Wong Mun Hin with a double double performance of 18 points and 10 rebounds

Red Baron 79 Farmco Knights 86

Red Baron suffered their second defeat , succumbing to to the motivated Farmco Knights who were hungry for their first victory of the season. Despite leading early, they would fall to Farmco. Yap Zhi Wei managed to make it a single digit game midway through the fourth but Red Baron would unable to muster enough in the tank to grab the victory. Keng Eng Hong’s 14 points were not enough for Red Baron for this game

Red Baron’s Goh Yan Qing
  1. Seven Star (0-4)

Seven Star 58 KL Dragons 59

Seven Star 65 Melaka 96ers 68

Both games saw Seven Star frustrated with close defeats and missing opportunities to either tie or win the game at the buzzer of each game. Seven Star go back to the drawing board wondering what would they need to do to pick up their first victory of the MPL D League campaign. Yim Shen Hao would lead the way against the Dragons with 14 points and six rebounds but unfortunately was not able to play against Melake the following day. His brother, Yim Shen Yi was the main focal point for the fightback against Melaka, scoring 24 points and getting an impressive five steals

Seven Star’s Yim Shen Yi (right) going for the layup

9.  Verve Club (0-5)

Verve Club 65 PRG Warriors 73

Verve looked a pale shadow of the team that was able to finish third at the inaugural MPL 2017 as they collapsed to their fifth defeat in a row. Verve would blow their lead in the third quarter and were unable to keep up with the youthful energetic PRG Warriors. Verve’s veteran guard duo, Wee Chuan Chin and Soo Eng Heng could combine for a woeful 13/39 shooting. The best player of the game for them would be Alan Tio with a 15 points and 13 rebounds double double effort

Verve Club’s Alan Tio Zee Lun

For the full schedule of games for the MPL D League, please refer to the below link