PETALING JAYA: There’s nothing like coming back to the “home” team. Just ask Filipino-American cager Joshua Munzon (pic).
The 22-year-old has rejoined the Westports Malaysia Dragons to settle some “unfinished business” in the ongoing Asean Basketball League (ABL).
The swingman featured for the Dragons in the ABL last season, where he led the league with 61 steals.
Munzon was in fact head coach Chris Thomas’ preferred choice for one of the two heritage imports prior to the start of the season in November.
The Dragons, however, failed to agree terms with Munzon and selected veteran Filipinos Patrick Cabahug and Reil Cervantes.
But the Dragons didn’t have the best start to the season as they only won one match and lost both their home games. And that led them to drop Cervantes to bring back Munzon.
He is one of two changes the Dragons made in their line-up, the other being American Allen Jeffrey ‘AJ’ West who replaces Curtis Washington.
“I’m excited to come back to Malaysia and give it another go. I have some unfinished business here,” said Munzon.
“I didn’t join at the start of the season because of some differences. But we’ve come to a common ground as we both have mutual interests.
“The Dragons have same locals from last season and I do feel that we have the ability to compete with anybody in this league,” he added.
Thomas, meanwhile, said Munzon’s presence would certainly improve the Dragons’ defence without losing any of their offensive prowess.
“It’s never easy to make a change mid-season and it’s hard to let someone like Reil go,” admitted Thomas.
“But Josh is someone I wanted here since the beginning and it’s great to have him back as he can play fast, shoot the ball and is overall a very good defender.
“With the improvements that our locals have shown, both him and AJ will make us very competitive. And I’m happy to have four imports who can complement the locals,” added Thomas.
The Dragons, now sixth in the nine-team league, will travel to Manila to take on the Tanduay Alab Pilipinas on Jan 3.
Defending champions Hong Kong Eastern, who have won seven matches on the trot, top the standings.
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