KUALA LUMPUR: Westports Malaysia Dragons are aiming high after pulling off another sensational win against Singapore Slingers in the Asian Basketball League (ABL).
Dragons, powered by American Will Artino, defeated their southern neighbours 70-67 at Maba Stadium on Friday.
And thanks to their only third win against the Slingers since 2014, the Dragons are now lying third in the league.
Buoyed by their win, Malaysia are now hoping to pull the rug from under the league’s current number two team, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, when they clash on March 10 at the Santa Rosa Arena in Laguna, the Philippines.
A win against the Philippines side could possibly boost the Dragons’ position to second place.
Dragons coach Jamie Pearlman was delighted with his team’s performance.
“It was another great game. We really had to grind it out but in the end, we pulled it off, ” said Pearlman.
The Dragons held a one-point lead in the first quarter with a score of 17-16 and kept the momentum going, leading up to the second quarter with a score of 37-36.
The game was heading for a draw in the final quarter but the Dragons’ 25-year-old guard Chin Cheng Wah stunned the crowd with a three-point shot to take home the victory.
“We were struggling to shoot the ball but it was really cool to see Cheng Wah step up to make that massive shot for us, ” he added.
Th imposing Artino led the team with an exceptional performance, scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists; Cade Davis contributed 14 points; and Malaysian-Bulgarian Simeon Lepichev punched in a 13-point, 11-rebound performance.