KL Dragons vs Philippine Patriots Basketball at MABA KL

Finally there is a decent quality local basketball scene with the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), it currently contains 6 teams from the ASEAN region with perhaps more being added next year.

The current teams are:

  • Philippine Patriots
  • Satria Muda BritAma (Indonesia)
  • Singapore Slingers
  • KL Dragons
  • Brunei Barracudas
  • Thailand Tigers

I used to play basketball quite actively and represented both my secondary school and college teams until I sustained a serious knee injury playing and well that was the end of that.

So being a fan and hearing good things about the KL Dragons a group of us headed over to the MABA stadium in KL this past weekend to catch the second leg of a battle between the Philippine Patriots and the KL Dragons (KY watched the first leg in the Philippines). The stadium is the home of The Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) and located near the Pudu area of KL.

It was jammed like crazy and raining so we reached there a little late, but managed to get inside whilst the players were still warming up.

KL Dragons Starting Line-up

Shortly after that it was time to get serious and the coach gathered the players for some strategy talks.

KL Dragons Coach

Then some entertainment and of course the national anthem of the home team. I was slightly surprised, but very glad to see the 3000 capacity stadium was almost full to the brim! The turn-out and atmosphere was really electric. The KL Dragons certainly do have a strong following and I hope in the future seasons they will have even more.

As the game kicked off you can see the fully packed crowd behind the court.

KL Dragons vs Philippine Patriots

Basketball by its very nature is a very exciting game to watch as it’s extremely fast and end to end, it’s high scoring and fairly physical with some very fancy moves like slam dunks and spins to add to the excitement.

KL Dragons vs Philippine Patriots

It was a great start with the home team taking a fast lead of 12-7 before the first quarter was over.

KL Dragons vs Philippine Patriots

Unfortunately the star scorer for KL Dragons (Chris Kuete) got ejected due to some on-court scuffle

Being a more physical game than usual, there were a LOT of free-throws.

Free Throw

With Jason Lamar Dixon being the star, I’d estimate his free-throw hit rate to be over 90%. Our Dragons of course popped in plenty too!

KL Dragons Free Throw

The game was pretty intense with some incredible skills being shown by KL Dragons players Rudy Lingganay & Roel Hugnatan.

KL Dragons vs Philippine Patriots

The Patriots were fighting hard too of course, but KL Dragons maintained their lead through-out the the game. It did get VERY close a couple of times with the Patriots coming within 2 points and for quite a while then drawing even for a short time. The KL Dragons supporters were pumping the crowd up though with chants of “Defense! Defense!”.

KL Dragons Supporter

It was an intense game and a fantastic experience, even if you aren’t really a basketball or sports fan at all – I suggest you go check it out!

Intense Game

Extremely entertaining to watch!

KL Dragons

In the end the KL Dragons won a convincing victory over the Philippine Patriots with a score of 77-59.

KL Dragons Victory

I grabbed a quick pic with the KL Dragons star player, the only guy in KL who doesn’t make me feel tall 🙂

Me & Jamal Brown

If you want to support them at the upcoming games you can find the full schedule here.

The full set of pics is on Flickr here:

KL Dragons – Jan 2010

Or some pro pics on Shutter Asia here:

ABL KL Dragons vs Philippines Patriots

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15 Responses to KL Dragons vs Philippine Patriots Basketball at MABA KL

  1. suanie January 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    looks fun! nice shots

  2. KY January 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    was damn intense!

  3. Shireen K January 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    mahem u as tall as them weh

  4. haze January 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    OMG damn sharp wei the photos and nicely exposed!! *jealous*

  5. Myhorng January 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    nice pics dude. great game and i never know u play basketball b4. can fight sometimes? LOL

  6. JD January 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Very nice pics, and you said that that’s the shortest player that you are took a picture with? Great to know that we have our own Basketball League now. If only got to know it earlier. Will make sure to watch some of the games live!

  7. Angie Tan January 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Damn!! Looks good. 😉

    Miss watching basketball…

  8. charles January 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Dude…u r as tall as Jamal Brown. 195cm ?

  9. Danny Foo January 14, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    Love the shots. 70-200 f2.8 without flash?

    Great coverage. I too am interested to see our team and get some shots. Though not sure if allowed or not.

  10. Chris Chong January 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    You used to play bball???

    Strange choice of sports for a Brit. Thought you’d be playing stuff like football, cricket, having buttered scones for tea, etc…

  11. ShaolinTiger January 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    suanie: It was the funs, great atmosphere.

    KY: Yah damn intense game.

    Shireen K: Yah loh, but I am much ‘wider’ haha.

    haze: Why jealous, go basketball game and snap la haha.

    Myhorng: Long ago, 15 years ady..can play la but fun fun a bit not serious.

    JD: Don’t worry you can always follow next season! Suport the Dragons. No he’s one of the tallest, about the same height as me.

    Angie Tan: Go go go watch la, it’s awesome!

    charles: Yah same height, 198cm actually.

    Danny Foo: Haha I wish, I don’t own any of those expensive lenses. I shot with Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 mostly, a few with Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 and the wide ones with Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8.

    Chris Chong: Yah, it’s pretty big in UK actually. Used to play bbal whilst the girls played netball heh. I played cricket too, and football..and rugby and tennis…and athletics.

  12. Danny Foo January 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Shallow DOF plus distance. Kudos, man. 🙂

  13. ShaolinTiger January 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Danny Foo: Thanks dude, it was challenging indeed.

  14. jackie brown January 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    this sucks!!!!1

  15. Gabriel Jaime Batulay June 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi there,

    I am looking for a basketball coach do ypuhave any and i would like to know where is this location MABA pudu?