Pilipinas Aguilas ambushed in Kuala Lumpur as Malaysia Dragons pull off lopsided win in ABL
The Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas were routed by the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 107-82, in Kuala Lumpur. Photo courtesy of Asean Basketball League

THE Westports Malaysia Dragons made noise right away in its opening game in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) following a 107-82 demolition of fancied Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas on Saturday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

The Dragons, handled by Filipino coach Ariel Vanguardia, made known their intentions right away when they jumped to an early 33-16 lead in the opening period.

The home team held on for an 81-64 edge entering the fourth quarter from which the Aguilas never recovered.

The Aguilas evened their record at 1-1 after surviving the Mono Vampire basketball club in its debut match in Davao, 79-78.

The loss by the Filipinos left Westports Malaysia Dragons and Hi-Tech Bangkok City with similar 1-0 cards.

Tied with Aguilas at 1-1 is the Singapore Slingers who beat the Saigon Heat, 85-74, in the day’s other game.

Still winless after the first week of competition are the Mono Vampire and the Heat, both with 0-1 slates.

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