The KL Dragons prevailed in a close match up with the PRG Eagles winning 74-71 thanks to the late game heroics of their 5 ft 5 Point Guard, Tung Chee Keong.
PRG Eagles took to the court with only 1 world import, Anthony McClain as forward, Shelton Boykin II was hospitalized due to food poisoning. Coach Britt Carlo Reroma expects him to return for the team next weekend
The Eagles started aggressively as they looked to bounce back after the heavy defeat the day before at the hands of Farmco Touch Up and were the first to score with a jumper from veteran, Yiek Chai Teck. They were quick to grab an an early lead 9-3 led by Ryan Liaw’s two baskets including an And1 basket. The Dragons kept their composure and used their experience to make a run and tied the game midway through the quarter with a basket by Izran Edika off an excellent assist from Fil Am, Kyle Toth. It would remain close to the of the quarter with the Eagles having the slight edge finishing with the score 14-13 in favor of the Eagles
Dragons took the lead for the first time in the game at the start of the second quarter with two successful free throws by Syahrul Ridzwan. The Eagles immediately fired back with a three pointer from young rising star, ‘Malaysian Terence Romeo’ Heng Yee Tong. The Dragons managed to regain the lead midway through the second with two back to back three pointers by John Ng and Canadian, Daniel Eves but the Eagles did not buckle and kept their steady zone defense together and fired back strong to regain the lead off baskets from Chin Zhi Shin, three pointer from young guard, Ong Wei Yong and a buzzer beater three from Heng giving the Eagles a 36-32 lead at the half
The second half started with the Dragons breathing fire with two back to back three pointers from Tung and John. Things got cagey early in the third quarter with Ma Chee Khuen from the Eagles getting called for an unsportsmanlike foul. Yiek turnaround’s jumper gave the Eagles back the lead briefly but yet another three pointer from John quickly gave the Dragons the lead again. In an unorthodox strategy by the Dragons ,they decided to make a full swap at the 5:48 mark sending in a less experienced all local line up. This took the Eagles by surprise as the Dragons ran to their largest lead at 10 highlighted by two fast break lay ups from Phan Wee Chen including an And1 basket. Free throws by McClain and Choo Wei Hong cut the deficit to 7 and the third quarter ended with the Dragons leading 60-53
The Dragons brought their starting lineup back to start the fourth but the Eagles’s intense zone defense rendered them ineffective in the early part of the fourth. Baskets from McClain and Choo Wei Hong reduced the lead to 4. The Dragons once again swapped the entire line up and managed to make their first field goal of the quarter at the 5:38 mark with a Phan Wee Chen three pointer. A 3 pointer from Ma cut the lead to 1 which led to the Dragons bringing back their starting line up with 2:54 to go. Another 3 from Heng finally drew the Eagles level 68-68 late in the game. Toth would earn the opportunity to score at the line but could only make 1 free throw, which led to McClain finally giving the Eagles the lead at 70-69 with 39.6 seconds to go. Coming out from the ensuing Dragons timeout, Coach Christopher Thomas of the Dragons drew a play that led to Toth drawing the defense resulting in him kicking the ball out to Tung who scored a crucial 3 pointer giving the Dragons the lead 72-70 with 28 seconds to go which led to an Eagles timeout.
The Eagles managed to work a play to get an open 3 point opportunity for Ma Chee Kheun who did not make the shot. The Eagles retained possession after the Dragons were unable to secure the rebound but Ma once again missed an opportunity to level the game. Tung was quick to grab the ball and drew the foul , sending him to the line where he calmly made 2 crucial free throws. The Eagles called a final time out to work out a play to tie the game. Heng’s effort was deflected by Izran Edika ending the game with a 74-71 victory for the Dragons
The Dragons are now top of the standings with a 3-0 record and the Eagles remain winless with a 0-2 and will look to pick up their first victory against the Penang Stallions next Friday ,20th October 2017.
Player of the Game
The 5 ft 5, Tung Chee Keong earned our Player Of The Game for his clutch three pointer and two free throws for the Dragons. He finished with a stat line of 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals
Dragons 74: Eves 18, Ng 13, Phan 11, Tung 9, Wan 6, Edika 5, Toth 4, Yap 2, Shadzwan 2
Eagles 71: McClain 15,Yiek 14, Heng 12, Ma 9, Ong 9, Liaw 5, Choo 5, Chin 2