Dragons set to play in Philippines developmental league - and a new name to boot

PETALING JAYA: The Westports Malaysia Dragons are set to compete in the Philippines Basketball Association’s (PBA) Developmental League Foundation Cup.

The Dragons, who won their maiden Asean Basketball League (ABL) title in March, will go head-to-head with six other teams – Phoenix Petroleum Accelerators (Far Eastern University), Cafe France Bakers (Centro Escolar University), Racal Tile Masters, Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, AMA University Titans and the Mindanao Aguilas – in the D-League, which starts on June 2.

The Dragons will also adopt a new name – the Blustar Detergent Dragons – when they compete in the D-League.

“We have confirmed our participation,” said Dragons team manager Yakub Hussaini.

“But we have not received the full schedule yet ... we still need to discuss with new national coach (Goh) Cheng Huat regarding the players we’ll need in the squad.”

The Dragons are expected to retain the core of their local cagers from the ABL title-winning squad.

The stalwarts of the team, like Kuek Tian Yuan, Choo Wei Hong, Wong Yi Hou, Ma Chee Kheun and Loh Shee Fai are also expected to report for national duty for the SEABA Cup, which will be held in Bangkok from May 22-27.

The Dragons have been boosted by news that their two Filipino cagers – Jason Brickman and Matthew Wright – will remain with the team for the D-League.