2019 Malaysia Pro League Development League Day 1 Recap – Red Baron and Firehorse bank on experience in D-League opener
Red Baron and Firehorse ride their experience in opening matches
KUALA LUMPUR – The Red Baron Youth and Miri Firehorse banked on experience to carry themselves out of trouble as the second season of the MPL Development League (D-League) got off to an exciting start.
Red Baron, an established name within the basketball community, paraded a young but experienced squad as they overcame newcomers VAG 73-58 in the opening match at the Maba Stadium on Friday.
They had the height and they used that to great effect in the opening minutes to establish a 19-10 first quarter lead.
The Klang-based VAG started to find their feet but Red Baron showed their expertise as a returning team to secure a 37-23 halftime lead.
VAG started to heat up after the break with Yong Jian Teck and Tan Kim Yeow both finding their targets from range.
But despite their best efforts, Red Baron, who managed to use a full rotation by handing every game time, did just enough to secure their opening win.
The 1.96m Goh Yan Qing led the line for Red Baron putting up an efficient display with 12 points and 16 boards while Keng Eng Hong came off the bench for 15 points.
With their heavy rotation, 11 out of 12 players on the Red Baron squad eventually finished on the scoreboard.
For VAG, it was an eye opener although they can take pride with former Selangor player Kim Yeow putting up a game-high 19 points and Jian Teck finishing with 14 points.
While Red Baron were mostly in control, the Firehorse almost suffered a scare before posting up an 85-58 win over GoStrong.
The East Malaysian powerhouse team were surprisingly sluggish to start and the relatively unknown GoStrong took full advantage, aided by some athletic display by Avinaash Vasu to take a 20-15 lead.
Firehorse got their groove back in the second period and but GoStrong just about managed to stay ahead 34-33 at the break.
It was a different story in the third period though as Firehorse, with veterans Wee Chuan Chin and Jason Gan starting to assert influence, stormed ahead to lead 59-50.
They never looked back from there as GoStrong eventually crumbled in the fourth period, allowing Firehorse to walk away with a 27-point win.
Youngster Eddie Wong was on fire for the Firehorse as he finished with 24 points including six from downtown while the evergreen Chuan Chin put in a clutch performance to finish with 16 points.
For GoStrong, the 18-year-old Avinaash was their best player all night as he finished with 17 points.
Live Stats Links:-
VAG VS RB Youth: https://livestats.geniussports.com/webcast/MABA/1123019/
Miri Firehorse VS GoStrong https://livestats.geniussports.com/webcast/MABA/1123021/