Hard pressed to save their flatlining 2017-18 ASEAN Basketball League campaign, the Westports Malaysia Dragons’ brass has decided to pull off a major overhaul involving three of their foreign reinforcements.
According to the league’s official website Saturday, Westports will be wielding the axe on World Imports AJ West and Marcus Marshall and Filipino Heritage Import Patrick Cabahug in the wake of their six-game losing skid.
The Dragons’ recent defeat came in humiliating fashion at the hands of Saigon Heat, 81-114, and are now second to the last in the team standings with a 3-10 win-loss slate.
Marshall has never been able to replicate his 60-point outing versus Mono Vampire. West has 16.2 points and 13.4 rebounds, but has been averaging 3.0 turnovers and 3.2 fouls. Cabahug, lastly, only made 7.0 markers in 13 games.
Filipino-American Joshua Munzon was the only import who did not get the pink slip. The athletic guard has been the only consistent reinforcement for Westports with norms of 22.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 5.1 assists so far.
The three cagers will be replaced by Chris Eversley, Bryan Davis, and Jawhar Purdy.
Purdy, a Filipino-American, has been familiar in the region’s basketball scene especially in the Philippines — where he had been a PBA draftee back in 2015 — and Thailand.
The new faces are expected to make their debut on Sunday, February 25, as the Dragons will take on the dead-last Formosa Dreamers.