Dragons’ playoff hopes still alive
THE Malaysia Dragons survived the ejection of coach Christopher Thomas to breathe life into their Asean Basketball League playoff hopes with a 94-81 win over Saigon Heat in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday.
Defending champions Dragons improved to 5-13 and edged to within two games of fourth-placed Saigon (6-10) in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Dragons, who claimed the season series against the Heat 3-1, play their final two regular season games against Kaohsiung Truth, needing to win both while hoping Saigon lose at least three of their remaining four games.
Kiwi Gardner led the way for the Dragons with 25 points in a game which would have eliminated the Dragons had they lost while Skylar Spencer had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds.
“We came out focused and got the job done,” said Spencer. “We were kind of shaky when we lost coach but we just took control ourselves and stayed poised.”
The Dragons host Kaohsiung (5-11), who also remain in playoff contention, on Saturday in Cyberjaya.