Formosa Dreamers started the new year by getting back on the winning track after winning over the visiting CLS Knights at home, 82-72.
The Surabaya-based Knights had made two import changes during the season break. New imports Douglas Herring had a sound debut contributing 16 points and eight dimes, while Darryl Watkins was limited to eight points and six rebounds due to foul trouble.
The Knights’ Wong Wei Long and Dreamers swingman Kenneth Chien traded baskets early, but Formosa took a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter, after successfully limiting opposing forward- Maxie Esho on offense.
Dreamers import Malcolm Miller further extended the home team’s lead after triggering his first shot from deep before teammate Tevin Glass and Indonesian sharpshooter Sandy Kurniawan exchanged daggers from deep.
As cold as Esho’s shooting touch was, he nailed in a crucial long shot to maintained the deficit short entering into half time. Herring contributed seven points and six assists in two quarters, while Watkins was limited due to foul trouble.
Maxie Esho’s break-away slam put the Knights cut the deficit back to five at the end of third quarter.
As the fourth quarter began with both teams traded possessions, Malcolm Miller stepped up and dropped two more perimeter shots to destroy the opposing momentum. Then teammate Glass drilled in one more three-pointer to extend the lead to 12 points with two minutes remaining of the final quarter. Although Watkins made Artino fouled out of the game late, but his team fall into the Dreamers eventually.
Both Artino and Miller scored 24 points to lead the Dreamers to the win, while Glass provided a strong defensive presence aside from dropping 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Apart from the imports, local Wong Wei Long was contributed by being the leading local scorer for both teams by adding 13 points.
The Dreamers will play against the Singapore Slingers the very next day at home,while the Knights continue their road trip as they visit Mono Vampire Basketball Club on 9th of January.
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