MPL D League Day 3 Recap -KL Dragons cruise for two, Titijaya start with a win
KUALA LUMPUR – Game Day 3 of the MPL Development League (D-League) saw the KL Dragons (KLD) go two for two by beating the Speed Hunters 84-62 while Titijaya started their campaign on a win after edging out Miri Firehorse 69-66.
The Dragons had already demonstrated their scoring abilities in their 101-77 rout of the Firehorse on Saturday.
And the team kept up that excellent momentum as they started on a bang, taking a 17-2 lead with Wee Yong Gan keeping up that hot streak of shooting.
In fact Speed Hunters couldn’t even buy a basket and it wasn’t until the 2:25 mark that they managed to get their first field goal.
That was all they mustered in the first period as the Dragons, boosted by the return of two Asean Basketball League (ABL) players in Chiang Wei Er and Benjamin Sim, romped to a 23-5 lead.
Speed Hunters up their game in the second period but the Dragons were fairly comfortable at scoring from run set-plays to take a 44-25 halftime lead.
It was more of the same in the third period and although Goh Cheng Huat’s team managed a late flourish, it was too little too late as the Dragons comfortably pocketed their second win of the season.
Wei Er, who just a couple of hours earlier played big minutes in the Westports Malaysia Dragons’ 97-96 win over Formosa Dreamers in the ABL, returned to great effect by leading the scoring with 19 points.
The team was also well anchored by centre Hung Ing Wai who put up a double-double showing with 17 points, 10 rebounds.
Three others – Yong Gan (17 points), John Wong Khai Chiek (12 points) and Joshua Gan (11 points) also made double digits contributions.
For the Speed Hunters, Low Si Zhe led the scoring with 15 points while Chong Koon Wei came up with 12 points.
In the second game, Titijaya, led by an all-action display by Syahrul Ridzuan Rosli, did just enough to hand Firehorse their second league defeat.
The 21-year-old started the game on song and was active at both ends of the court as Titijaya held a slim 39-35 lead at halftime.
The match became a little more scrappier after the break but Firehorse were still unable to find a breakthrough.
Syahrul then converted a tough basket with 19 seconds left in the fourth period before Kwan Jo Ee secured the win with two go-ahead free throws.
For his efforts, Syahrul finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds and five assists while Jo Ee also got into double-double action by putting up 16 points and 13 boards.
Firehorse, who were missing the services of veteran Wee Chuan Chin, were led by Jason Gan with 15 points while Eddie Wong finished with 14 points.
Speed Hunters VS KL Dragons: https://livestats.geniussports.com/webcast/MABA/1123027/
Miri Firehorse VS Titijaya: https://livestats.geniussports.com/webcast/MABA/1123029/