2019 MPL D League Day 4 Recap
Article by DLL Sports/ Kng Zheng Gauan
Original Link:- https://dllsports.com/mpl-d-league-game-day-4-recap/
Game Day 4 saw both the KL Dragons (KLD) and Red Baron Youth remain unbeaten despite missing their best players. The Westports Malaysia Dragons (WMD) also finally got in the thick of action and got off to a winning start.
KL Dragons 86 VAG 54
On paper it was meant to be a walk in the park for the KL Dragons (KLD) who have already proven that they have ample firepower.
But leading scorer Wee Yong Gan was not in the matchday squad and somehow the KLD were just lacking a bit of an edge upfront.
Fortunately for them, VAG aren’t exactly looking like champion material at the moment with all sorts of struggles of their own.
The KLD did however took their chances when it mattered and used their deep rotation to its best effect as they ramped up a 40-26 halftime lead and then pushed on to lead 68-37.
The match got scrappy and physical in the fourth period as VAG tried their earnest to stage a late comeback.
But the KLD, with every all 12 players getting on the scoreboard, just showed their strength in depth as they rode out a tough encounter to take three wins out of three.
Chiang Wei Eri, in his second match of the season, topped the scoring with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals while Joshua Gan had a strong first half to finish with 13 points.
None of the VAG players got into double digits with Seow Young Lii their best player of the day finishing with 8 points and 9 rebounds.
Player of the Game: Chiang Wei Er (18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals)
Boo-hoo moment: Dragons missing 19 of 33 free throw attempts.
Westports Malaysia Dragons 62 GoStrong 54
After missing Week One due to their Asean Basketball League (ABL) commitments, the second of the Dragons’ development team finally came to play.
But it wasn’t an explosive showing that many would have expected the WMD to put up..
Instead it was a grind and slugfest as the WMD were given a really tough time by the unheralded GoStrong.
The WMD, youthful as they were, had a lot of height but were sorely lacking the shooting prowess demonstrated by their fellow Dragons – the KLD.
Still, the WMD showed that they had a lot of raw potential as they steadily built on a lead as big as 21 points heading into the fourth period.
However, all that good work nearly came undone as GoStrong went on a healthy scoring run to shave the lead down to just 4 points at one point.
Fortunately, the WMD kept their composure when it mattered to get their campaign off to a winning start.
Captain Tan Wei Long returned from ABL action to lead the team with 16 points while Toh Foo Hong chipped in with 11 points.
For GoStrong, Rais Davin Beg enjoyed an explosive showing with 18 points followed by Iman Faidhi Azman with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Player of the Game: Tan Wei Long (16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals)
Wow factor: WMD’s introduction of 2m (6’6′) Kamal Hazary.
Red Baron Youth 47 Titijaya 45
This is the first match of the season in which both teams failed to get past the 50-point mark.
Offensively it was a disaster with Red Baron only shooting 14-65 for 21 percent from the field while Titijaya were only marginally better with 18-66 from the field for 27 percent.
Without Goh Yan Qing, Red Baron seemed to lack confidence going down low and were woeful trying their luck from range.
Still, they were the better team in the first half and held a slim 27-19 lead at halftime.
But instead of improving, it was Titijaya who turned the tables after the break as they got more aggressive and chased after every ball.
In fact the Ampang-club had a chance to send the game into overtime but Chuk Wai Hong just fluffed his last gasp attempt in the dying seconds.
Ng Zhen Yu finished as the best player for Red Baron with 9 points and 10 rebounds with no other player in his team getting into double digit scores.
For Titijaya, Syahrul Ridzuan Rosli was once again the go-to man with 16 points while Kwan Jo Ee had 11 markers and 15 boards.
Player of the Game: Ng Zhen Yu (9 points, 10 rebounds)
Snooze factor: Both teams seemed to be wrestling more than playing basketball.