2019 MPL D League Day 7 Recap
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Game 7 sees the Red Baron Youth extend their unbeaten run to consolidate their position as league leaders. Westports Malaysia Dragons and Speed Hunters also pick up impressive wins.
Speed Hunters 90 GoStrong 33
A one-sided match from the start. Speed Hunters have gained some momentum since picking up their first league win on Game Day 5.
GoStrong on the other hand were reeling off the back of a massive defeat to the KL Dragons on Game Day 6.
Yet, for the first period it looked like there could be a proper game as GoStrong somewhat kept pace with Speed Hunters.
But it all went downhill after that as Speed Hunters, started to play as their name suggested, with a lot of speed.
The end result was never in question it was only a matter of how big of a margin it would be.
Leong Zhen Kang would top the scoring for Speed Hunters with 15 points followed by Yeo Zhian Wen with 14. Low Si Zhe and Yeong Hi Yih also finished in double digits after putting up 13 and 10 markers respectively.
GoStrong had no one scoring double digits and they need some serious reflection after suffering two straight heavy defeats in a row.
To make matters worse, they now hold the unwanted league record of scoring the least points in a game.
Player of the Game: Leong Zhen Kang (15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals)
Nightmare factor: Speed Hunters taking 40 points from 53 turnovers.
Westports Malaysia Dragons 82 Miri Firehorse 66
The Dragons are eager to jolt back to senses following a poor defeat on Game Day 6 while the Firehorse were desperate to snap a 4-game losing streak.
From the start it looked like Firehorse had a better control of the situation as Eddie Wong showed how lethal he is from range.
The Sarawakian side would go on to lead 40-37 at the halftime break courtesy of some excellent Yiek Chai Teck baskets – all deep jumpers well in his zone.
But the Dragons looked a different side after the break and it was evident whatever head coach Adrian Wong had to say, worked.
They came out firing in the third and played with more urgency to grab the lead and never looked back as the Firehorse ran out of ideas and gas.
Captain Tan Wei Long would lead the scoring for the Dragons with 19 points to go with 8 boards while Leong Kar Fatt also had a strong game putting up 17 markers in 25 minutes.
First man off the bench Lee Juan Hao also came up big with 16 points while Connor Chua chipped in with 14.
For the Firehorse, veteran Chai Teck was in the zone with 18 points followed by Alvin Lau who posted a double-double of 10 markers and 10 boards.
The win improves the Dragons record to 2-1 while the Firehorse have now slumped to 1-5.
Player of the Game: Tan Wei Long (19 points, 8 rebounds)
Winning factor: Dragons’ big showing in the third quarter.
Red Baron Youth 76 Kuching Lord Tiger 72
The last match of the day was the second showdown between Red Baron and Lord Tiger and it was certainly a high octane match.
Having already comfortably beaten Lord Tiger on Game Day 5, the Red Baron were looking to keep up their winning streak.
They started on the front foot with Ng Zhen Yu scoring two quick succession three pointers to strike out a 19-11 first quarter lead.
Lord Tiger however pegged them back in the second period with Lee Joon Kang starting to heat up in the point guard position.
The game however swung back to Red Baron’s favour in the third quarter as big plays from Yap Zhi Wei saw them inch ahead 56-48.
The Sarawakians however refused to go down easily and once again came storming back in the fourth.
However, a big clutch performance by Wong Mun Hin, scoring five points in the last minute saw Red Baron finish with a sweet four-point victory.
The bubbly 22-year-old Mun Hin was the most efficient player for Red Baron despite only scoring 9 points to go with 10 boards.
Zhi Wei had another double digit game putting up 14 markers while Chan Yew Thung sank 13 points.
For Lord Tiger, Joon Kang led all scorers with 23 points while Xavier Jong finished with 11 points.
Red Baron who now improve to a 6-0 record are comfortably on top of the table, with a two game advantage over second placed KL Dragons who are sitting on 4-0.
Player of the Game: Wong Mun Hin (9 points, 10 rebounds)
Tiger Hunter: Mun Hin just loves playing against Lord Tiger doesn’t he?