The Truth came too late for Dragons
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