Dragons’ play­off hopes still alive

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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