The Formosa Dreamers completed a comeback against Hong Kong Eastern in front of their home fans, 109-101.
After trailing in the second quarter, Tevin Glass fired up the Dreamers after throwing down a dunk against opposing big man Sam Deguara, who was subbed out early due to foul trouble. Wei Cheng then drilled in two shots from the perimeter line to cut the deficit to one point before Eastern called a timeout. The visiting team still held a one-point lead, but import Michael Holyfield also had three fouls at that point.
Malcolm Miller then gave his team a five-point lead after making a triple in the third quarter. Eastern’s sharpshooter Tsz Lai Lau kept them in the game after hitting two long shots to maintain the deficit within two possessions.
The Dreamers continued their efficient defensive scheme in limiting their opponents to feed the ball to their big men down low in the paints.
Eastern regained their identity early in the final quarter, as resident import Marcus Elliott and Sam Deguara made a 7-0 run. Both teams displayed their shooting from beyond the arc until Glass made his presence felt at both ends of the floor.
Holyfield received a technical foul after delaying the game and fouls out. This would be the turning point and the home team managed their lead till the end of the game.
The Formosa bench contributed 20 solid points, while Will Artino led the team with 29 points, 12 boards, and six assists. They also successfully forced 17 turnovers from their opponents, converting them into 23 points.
Elliott had 34 points and five assists in a losing effort, while big man Deguara added 29 points and 14 rebounds. Eastern’s lack of perimeter defense allowed the home team to make 17-of-29 shots from deep, proving to be another decisive factor in this loss.
The Dreamers continue their back-to-back game against Wolf Warriors in Changhua tomorrow, while Hong Kong Eastern gets a six-day rest before travelling to Bangkok to face Mono Vampire Basketball Club on 2nd of March.
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