BIDDING TO TURN their fortunes around, the Kuala Lumpur Dragons reinforced their roster with two Filipinos in the fledgling Asean Basketball League.
Former University of the East player Rudy Lingganay instantly made his impact felt by debuting with a game-high 27 points to lead the Dragons to a 79-78 nipping of the Thailand Tigers Saturday night at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.
Lingganay buried a triple and the game-clinching basket in the final two minutes to cap the Dragons? fightback from 14-points down, 48-62, in the second half.
The 5-foot-9 guard, who just played his final UAAP season, also collected five steals, three rebounds, three assists and one block in leading the Dragons? to their first home victory.
Kuala Lumpur?s new Cameroonian recruit Chris Daniel Lonichi similarly delivered in his first outing with 25 points, 12 boards and four assists.
The Dragons?initially the only team in the six-nation club tournament that didn?t sign up a Filipino import?recently retooled their lineup with the addition of Lonichi, Lingganay and another former Warrior, Toto Bandaying.
Lingganay helped the Dragons seal their second triumph in four outings with a clutch basket that cushioned their lead, 79-76, with 1:11 minute left. Jasmine W. Payo
KUALA LUMPUR 79?Lingganay 27, Lonichi 25, Brown 10, Bandaying 5, Chee 4, Batumalai 4, Yeo Seng 3, Wee 1, Koh 0, Chai 0.
THAILAND 78?Briggs 27, Lertmalaiporn 17, Doruelo 9, Piroon 8, Ghogar 7, Nippokom 6,Ricafuente 4, Sopon 0, Ruankam 0,
Quarters: 19-19, 36-46, 60-62, 79-78