2019 MPL D League Day 6 Recap
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Game Day 6 saw the KL Dragons rack up the biggest win of the season so while Kuching Lord Tiger got themselves off the mark to start. Red Baron Youth are however, looking like a strong team as the competition goes on.
KL Dragons 133 GoStrong 49
This is definitely not what most people would have expected prior to the start of the game.
GoStrong have been playing decent basketball and have shown good spirit so far but it was a real test of character to take on the KL Dragons, and they failed miserably.
They were so bad that the Dragons hit them for a 41-11 first quarter lead and then only gave out one basket in the second period as the halftime score read 79-13.
Even the Dragons’ players looked a little embarrassed at times when just about every shot they made sank in the net.
GoStrong would eventually put up a more discipline showing in the second half but the damage was already long done.
Joshua Gan and Wee Yong Gan would each score 7 three-pointers to equal the D-League record. They finished with a total of 30 and 27 points respectively.
This game also marked several records being made the Dragons.
It will be a new league high for the highest scoring game, the biggest win margin and the most three pointers scored (19) in a game.
Player of the Game: Joshua Gan (30 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals)
Unstoppable factor: How do you stop the Dragons shooting at free will?
Kuching Lord Tiger 67 Westports Malaysia Dragon 50
If the KL Dragons are looking like a dominant juggernaut, their sister team the Westports Dragons are looking nowhere quite as formidable.
The Dragons are yet to click given their lack of games so far and it shows as they only managed to shoot 30 percent from the field.
Still, they had their chances and were on par with Lord Tiger after three periods with the game tied at 44-all.
That was when Lord Tiger stepped up and the Dragons shut down.
The Sarawakian side, having reinserted big man Maegen Mahadevan into the game, went on a massive scoring run whilst also completely locking down the Dragons’ offence.
Maegen was a particular thorn as he was unplayable in the paint and has the ability to go coast-to-coast to wreck havoc on the Dragons.
The fourth quarter score read 23-6 in favour of Lord Tiger and that was literally the game winning moment for them.
Andy Jong had an unassuming but standout performance for Lord Tiger with a game-high 26 points.
For the Dragons, Connor Chua led with 14 markers while Tan Wei Long chipped in with 11.
Player of the Game: Andy Jong (26 points, 5 steals, 2 assists)
Winning factor: The 19 point scoring run in the fourth period for Lord Tiger.
Red Baron Youth 81 Miri Firehorse 65
Red Baron are shaping up nicely to be title contenders for the league as well.
They’ve shown they can get down and dirty on defence and aren’t afraid to play with their bodies on the line.
Now they’ve also shown that they can play fluid attacking basketball and have a wide range of options in their squad.
It was a pretty level game in the first period but Red Baron began to pull away in the second quarter.
Firehorse however pegged them back with a buzzer beating three-pointer at the halftime break and it gave them the momentum they needed to put chase the game down to just 52-59 in the third quarter.
But Red Baron just knew what to do and with Ng Zhen Yu handling well and Yap Zhi Wei putting in a dominant showing down low, they stepped it up to power to a fifth straight win.
Zhi Wei would finish as the best player with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds while Zhen Yu and Poh Chee Hoa both had 13 markers as well.
For Firehorse, Eddie was the go-to man with 23 points including 6-8 shooting from range while Yiek Chai Teck had 10 markers.
Red Baron’s win however gives them a 5-0 record and puts them right on top of the league table.
Player of the Game: Yap Zhi Wei (13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals)
Wow factor: Ng Zhen Yu’s all action performance.