PETALING JAYA: The Westports Malaysia Dragons will be eager to notch their first win of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) season when they travel to face the Singapore Slingers at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Sunday.
The Dragons, semi-finalists for four straight seasons, got off to a bad start as they were beaten 82-88 by HiTech Bangkok City on July 16.
The Slingers on the other hand defeated newcomers Laskar Dreyar South Sumatra 62-46.
Dragons’ head coach Ariel Vanguardia believes the opening day defeat will serve as an important lesson for his team to pick up the pace in the coming matches.
“I take that defeat as a learning curve. We had a lot of positives in that game that we can build on and most importantly, the team didn’t quit,” said Ariel.
“I believe the Slingers are the most improved team in the ABL because of the quality in their local players.
“Their national team programme is on the rise and they have two new additions – Russel Low and Larry Liew, who can start in any team in the league. We’ll definitely need team effort to limit them.
“More importantly, we need to be consistent because we saw in the first game against the Thais that we were solid in defence but not rebounds.”
The Dragons will be boosted by the fact that new imports – Chris Eversley and Justin Knox, both enjoyed solid debuts against Bangkok City.
Eversley top-scored for the Dragons with 31 points and 13 rebounds while centre Knox had 15 points.