KUALA LUMPUR: The Westports Malaysia Dragons failed to contain a second-half onslaught by the Singapore Slingers as they fell to an 85-94 home defeat in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
The Dragons were seeking a third straight win at the Maba Stadium and got off to a great start in the first half with Kuek Tian Yuan on fire from beyond the arc to take a 47-39 lead.
The Slingers, however, stepped up and slowly chipped away the Dragons’ lead before gaining a 67-64 lead in the third quarter.
Huge plays by seven-footer Chris Charles and Xavier Alexander in the fourth quarter quelled any chance of a Dragons comeback as the Slingers finished with a nine-point margin.
The 29-year-old Alexander was a huge offensive presence for the Slingers with 33 points while the 36-year-old Charles had 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Slingers’ local big man Delvin Goh also put up a commanding performance to finish with 16 points.
For the Dragons, Marcus Marshall led the scoring with 22 points while Joshua Munzon had 15 points.
Tian Yuan, who got into foul trouble in the third period, eventually finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
With the defeat, the Dragons are now 3-5 for the season. Their next match is against the Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club in Nanhai, China, on Jan 25.