Singapore Slingers' Al Vergara (left) goes for a layup against Westports Malaysia Dragons' Justin Knox in the ABL match in Singapore on Sunday. The Slingers won 77-68
PETALING JAYA: The Westports Malaysia Dragons suffered a setback in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) when their four-game winning streak was brought to an abrupt halt against hosts Singapore Slingers at the OCBC Arena on Sunday.
Despite coming away with an impressive 85-59 win over the Slingers last Friday, the Dragons fell victims to their own misdoings as they squandered numerous chances in the 68-77 defeat.
In the first quarter, the Slingers made the most of their shots to take a comfortable 19-11 lead.
The Dragons never really recovered and with point guard Avery Scharer and forward Chris Eversley having an off-day, they lumbered behind 32-43 at halftime.
The break managed to ignite the Dragons’ fire and they slashed the Slingers’ lead to 54-52 by the end of the third quarter.
But they failed to capitalised on the momentum and allowed the Slingers to pull ahead once again for a nine-point win, their fifth win of the season.
Kyle Jeffers top scored for the Slingers with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Russel Low and Adam Becis had 12 points each.
Filipino-Tongan Moala Tautuaa was the top performer for the Dragons with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Justin Knox added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Captain Ooi Ban Sin and fellow guard Wong Wee Seng both contributed 11 points but the Dragons will have their work cut out when they face Saigon Heat on Aug 23.