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Dragons on Fire

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  The Westports Malaysia Dragons are ready to breathe fire in the new Asean Basketball League (ABL).

For the new season on Jan 11, the Dragons, who were beaten in this season’s semi-final playoffs, have signed two more Americans – Cedric Bozeman and Gavin Edwards – to beef up their squad. Moala Tautuaa is the other American in the squad.

The 29-year-old Bozeman and Gavins, 24, are replacing Brian Williams, who has joined ABL runners-up San Miguel Beerman, and Tiras Wade.

Together with shooting guard Patrick Cabahug, the Dragons have now filled four spots in the imports list. They have one more spot for an Asean import.

Bozeman comes with strong credentials, having played for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA from 2006-2007 and the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) Conference earlier this year.

“The negotiation to sign Bozeman and Edwards proved to be a lengthy affair,” said Dragons general manager Yakub Hussaini. “But it was worth the wait and I’m very happy to get these two players. They will bring a lot more power to the team.”

Dragons head coach Ariel Vanguardia is also happy with the players at his disposal.

“We have (Ooi) Ban Sin joining us and that will beef up the point guard department. I’m happy with what I have now.

“I’m still not sure whether to bring in another guard or a big guy,” said Vanguardia.

“We have a few names lined up and I will finalise the roster by the time the Agong Cup (Dec 13-20) ends.

“I hope the American imports will stay fit and healthy throughout the season to give us a better shot at the title,” he added.

The Dragons will start the ABL season away at Saigon Heat on Jan 12 before playing their first home game against Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers on Jan 15.

The Dragons also received a major boost in the build-up to the season. They have signed a three-year sponsorship with Budweiser. – The Star