The Pilipinas MX3 Kings wrapped up their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) campaign with a 2-18 record after losing to the Westport Malaysia Dragons at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend.
The Dragons crushed the Kings, 103-86, and clinched the top spot in the ABL playoffs.
The Dragons were playing without Reggie Johnson, and the Kings tried to take advantage early on with William Creekmore, Eric Salamat and Jason Deutchman all finding their range from beyond the arc. Nevertheless, the Dragons only trailed by one point, 20-21, at the end of the opening quarter.
The Malaysia squad found their rhythm in the second period behind their backcourt combination of Jason Brickman and Matthew Wright. The two guards hit shots from the perimeter while Calvin Godfrey dominated inside the paint.
The Dragons built a 10-point lead, 56-46, at the half and remained in control in the third period. Local player Shee Fai Loh joined the scoring barrage, pouring in triples to the delight of the home crowd. The Dragons continued to keep the pace, 77-69, entering the final period, and simply poured it on in the fourth.
Wright led the Dragons with another sterling performance, scoring 33 points on six-of10 shooting from the perimeter, while Brickman had a double-double with 24 points and 10 assists.
Creekmore led the Kings with 31 points and 18 rebounds, while Willie Miller tallied 16 points.
The Kings' season has now ended, while the Dragons will play the Saigon Heat in the ABL semi-finals. The top-seeded Dragons will also have the home court advantage against the Heat, and in the Finals should they advance.
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