Point guard Tong Wen Keong (right) is a player to watch for the Westports Malaysia Dragons team playing in the Asean Basketball League
PETALING JAYA: National point guard Tong Wen Keong has a promising future ahead of him after lighting up the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the Asean Basketball League (ABL)
On Saturday, the 1.8m Wen Keong continued to impress in his third game of the season, leading the offence with his drive and penetration before finishing the match with three assists as the Dragons won 84-66.
The highlight of his impressive passing ability came late in the third quarter as he made an accurate floating pass for Chris Eversley for an alley-oop dunk that had the crowd at the Maba Stadium on their feet.
“I never tried it before but I was very excited when Eversley finished it,” said Tong, who was surprised at his performance against the Warriors.
“The coach told me to just do my job and that gave me confidence to play my best.
“We are a team and like a family, so passing the ball around and making assists for my team-mates is what I like to do,” the 22-year old said.
Wen Keong however added that there were several areas in his game that needed improvement - most notably his shooting ability.
Meanwhile Dragons’ head coach, Ariel Vanguardia has already seen enough in him to call him as the best young point guard in Malaysia.
“He is really gifted and has good ball handling with great court vision,” said Ariel.
“His decision making is still questionable at times and he needs to work on his shooting but all that will come along as he matures.
“When (Ooi) Ban Sin retires, he will be the best point guard in Malaysia,” added Ariel.
The Dragons will certainly call upon Wen Keong once again when they take on table toppers Saigon Heat on Aug 9.