2019 MPL D League Day 2 Recap- KL Dragons shoot down Firehorse, defensive Red Baron notched second win
Article by: Kng Zheng Guan
KUALA LUMPUR – The second day of the MPL Development League (D-League) saw the KL Dragons (KLD) kickstart their campaign by shooting down Miri Firehorse in an engaging contest while the Red Baron Youth buckled down on defence to pick up their second win at the expense of Speed Hunters.
The Dragons who are in fact defending champions PRG Warrior after a rebranding exercise, hit the high gears as they scored 55 percent from the field in beating the Firehorse 101-77 at the Maba Stadium on Saturday.
The match was a remarkable showcase of shooting ability especially from 21-year-old Wee Yong Gan who torched the Firehorse with a season-high 36 points including seven from downtown.
The impressive seven shots from distance also ensured the 1.74m guard from Melaka the new record of most three-pointers in a D-League match.
Although the match turned into a runaway win for the Dragons, it was in fact the Firehorse who started stronger as Yuvanraj Mahendran announced his presence to the league, scoring three consecutive three-pointers to put his team in an early 10-5 lead.
But the Dragons slowly got into their rhythm and their stacked roster began to show their quality as they quickly overran the Firehorse.
As the Firehorse’s shooting touch dried up in the second and third period, the Dragons never took their foot off the gas as they continue to hammer away at their opponents.
The big win also means the Dragons are the first team to breach the 100-point scoreline, in only the third game of the league.
Apart from Yong Gan, the Dragons also received big contributions from Joshua Gan who finished with 19 points while Hung Ing Wai and John Wong had 14 and 11 points respectively.
It is also important to note that the Dragons piled in 56 points from the paint as opposed to just 20 from the Firehorse.
For the Sarawakians, Eddie Wong was the best player on the night with 23 points including five from range while Yuvanraj finished with 17 and Jason Gan Hong Hoong had 12.
The second game however, was a stark contrast to the first as the Red Baron locked down on defence to see off a Goh Cheng Huat-coached Speed Hunters 67-56.
The match was a scrappy tactical battle as the Speed Hunters set out to play aggressive basketball and to frustrate their opponents as much as possible.
The Red Baron however made the best of their experience and their size inside the paint to register their second straight win.
Captain Chong Chee Hou led by example with 17 points while Goh Yan Qing put in another good shift for 11 points.
The Red Baron however also had Ng Cheng Toong as a pillar in defence, as the 1.92m forward put in a good defensive shift to finish with 14 rebounds and two outstanding block shots.
Speed Hunters, who struggled offensively all night long, were led by the trio of Hensler Kwan, Yeong Hi Yih and Leong Zhen Kang who each finished with 10 points.
KL Dragons VS Miri Firehorse: https://livestats.geniussports.com/webcast/MABA/1123022
RB Youth VS Speed Hunters: https://livestats.geniussports.com/webcast/MABA/1123025