Fresh start for the MPL D-League!
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite not getting off to any sort of flashy start, teams in the MPL D-League were grateful towards the new developmental league.
The opening game between the NS Matrix and KL Dragons was in fact a scrappy affair with both teams struggling with turnovers and poor field goal conversions.
Matrix shot just 32 percent and gave out 18 turnovers while the Dragons did even worse with 31 percent conversion from the field while committing 23 giveaways.
The slight edge was just enough for Matrix to squeeze away a 61-54 at the Maba Stadium yesterday.
National junior Ooi Xian Fu was Matrix’s best player as he finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Tan Chee Wey helped with 12 points followed by Liew Wei Yuong with 11 points.
For the Dragons, Chiang Wei Er was the only cager in double digits as he nailed 15 points.
The result however was only secondary for both teams who are looking at development in mind.
“It’s good start for basketball, having this D-League,” said Matrix head coach K. Satyaseelan.
“My group of players are actually the junior selection for the Negri Sembilan team and this is a good opportunity for them to prepare for a higher level.
“Having nine teams in the league is also a great start as it gives our players more opportunities to play more.
“I certainly feel that we started well. Especially since this team has been training together for two years,” added the former national cager.
Matrix will play their next match against Seven Star on May 11.
The Dragons are only scheduled to face the PRG Warriors on May 19 in their next match.