The Taipei Fubon Braves won back-to-back games for the first time this season as they defeated visiting Hong Kong Eastern 102-89.
Both teams started out shooting hot from the field as they traded baskets and combined for 11 threes in the opening quarter, with the visitors taking a 37-30 lead heading into the second period.
Fubon quickly turned the momentum, going on a 10-0 run to open the second period and taking their first lead of the game. Behind a tremendous defensive effort, the home-sided Braves limited Eastern to just seven second-quarter points and went into the half holding an 11-point advantage.
Despite adjustments and improvements made to the offensive side of the ball in the second half, the visitors were still unable to match the firepower being put out by both Braves locals and imports, eventually succumbing to a double-digit defeat.
In their win, the Braves dominated Eastern in key statistical categories, outnumbering the visiting club by large margins in total assists (22 to 12) and bench scoring (48 to 3). Fubon’s bench also added 13 rebounds, nine assists, and three steals in addition to its scoring total.
OJ Mayo continued his impressive form from beyond the arc, where he is shooting over 60 percent for the season. The world import guard recorded season-high statistics with 27 points, including seven made three-pointers.
Fellow world import Sim Bhullar finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks, while local starters Lin Chih-Chieh and Tsai Wen-Cheng ended their nights with 10 and 14 points respectively. Additionally, Charles Garcia and Kuo Shao-Chieh contributed 12 points each off the bench for the Braves.
For Eastern, Trey Kell once again led all scorers with 37 markers, but with more efficiency as the world import guard shot 61 percent from the field, while Mike Holyfield notched a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds, converting on 56 percent of his field goal attempts.
TJ Price chipped in 22 points, but was only 2-of-10 from deep. No other Eastern player scored more than six points in the loss.
Hong Kong Eastern and head coach Jordan Brady will look to bounce back from two straight double-digit losses when they travel to Macau to face the Black Bears on December 14th, while Fubon is set to embark on a four-game road trip, starting with a visit to neighboring Formosa to face the Dreamers on December 7th.
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