The Truth came too late for Dragons

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Mun­zon and Kiwi Gard­ner.

The Dragons ended the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 7-13 record in fifth place, one game be­hind No 4 Saigon (8-12).

Yet Dragons coach Christo­pher Thomas does not feel the sea­son should be de­scribed a fail­ure, a year after lift­ing the ti­tle for the first time un­der his pre­de­ces­sor Ariel Van­guardia.

“Ob­vi­ously there’s some bit­ter sweet feel­ing after tonight, but I would chal­lenge any­body to call our sea­son a fail­ure, our sea­son was far from it,” said Thomas on the club’s web­site.

“Our guys stepped up to the plate and im­proved de­spite fac­ing so many chal­lenges.”

The Dragons never ad­e­quately re­placed the core of their ti­tlewin­ning squad after opt­ing not to re­tain im­ports Reg­gie John­son, Calvin God­frey, Matthew Wright, Ja­son Brick­man and Kwaan Yoong Jing.

Choos­ing to start the sea­son with three im­ports, the Dragons were then forced to dump Fred­die Goldstein and Marcus Melvin as re­sults failed to im­prove.

“That’s what this sea­son is all about, our young lo­cal kids learn­ing how to be pro­fes­sion­als,” said Thomas.

“It’s a long process but they’ve picked it up.

“We re­ally look like a dif­fer­ent bas­ket­ball team since we got Kiwi and Josh. They grasped the team con­cept, em­braced and worked with the team.”

With the ABL sea­son over for the Dragons, the club’s lo­cal play­ers can now turn their at­ten­tion to pre­par­ing for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust with the na­tional men’s team eye­ing a spot on the podium for the first time since 2007. Devin­der Singh

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