The Kuala Lumpur Dragons banked on a strong third quarter outing to edge the Taipei Fubon Braves on the road in a tightly-contested game, 91-90, in the second game of the opening weekend double-header of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
William Artino led the Dragons with an impressive statline of 25 points, 20 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals, but it was fellow import Cade Davis who put the nail in the coffin by scoring the team’s final five points to put away Fubon for good in the clutch.
Cade Davis finished with 23 points, while Amir Bell added 21 markers and nine assists for the Dragons. No Malaysian local player scored in double-figures, but Tem Zhen came close by scoring nine points off the bench.
In the second of back-to-back games, Fubon import OJ Mayo played much better than his debut outing, scoring 23 points off 66 percent shooting from the field, but the effort came up short of stopping the upset-minded Malaysian side.
Former Chinese Taipei national team forward Lin Chih-Chieh added 14 points for the Braves, while imports Charles Garcia and Sim Bhullar added a combined 31 points points in the loss.
ABL action resumes next weekend when the Mono Vampire Basketball Club hosts the Formosa Dreamers in Nonthaburi, Thailand at 15:00 (GMT+7), while the Macau Black Bears visit their Pearl Delta rivals Wolf Warriors in Foshan, China at 20:00 (GMT+8).
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