Basketball: Malaysia Dragons roar back with 83-67 win over Slingers, ABL Finals tied at 1-1

The Slingers were unable to contain the Dragons' offence throughout, conceding 12 consecutive points at one stage in the third quarter.
The Slingers were unable to contain the Dragons' offence throughout, conceding 12 consecutive points at one stage in the third quarter. PHOTO: KUK THEW

SINGAPORE - The Westports Malaysia Dragons bounced back from an opening home defeat to beat the Singapore Slingers 83-67 in Game 2 of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Finals on Sunday.

It was the response that the home team wanted at the Maba Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, after losing 80-84 to their Causeway rivals in front of their own fans in Friday's Game 1.

On Sunday, the Slingers were unable to contain the Dragons' impressive offence throughout, conceding 12 consecutive points in the third quarter at one stage.

The Dragons led all the way. They were ahead 23-18 at the end of quarter one, 41-34 at half-time, 60-48 at the end of quarter three before romping home.

Dragons centre Reginald Johnson, who was named the ABL's Most Valuable Player (world import) before the game, led his team with 18 points.

Slingers centre Justin Howard, who fouled out with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, led the overall scoring with 24 points.

With the series level at one win apiece, the Slingers will look to bounce back from the disappointing result with a win in Game 3 on Friday, the first of two consecutive home games at the OCBC Arena. The first team to reach three wins will be crowned ABL champions.

Tickets for Game 3 are available at http://www.sportshub.com.sg.