The Fubon Braves fell to Iranian club Naft Abadan, 68-66, in day two of the 2019 FIBA Asia Champions Cup campaign in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Chinese Taipei’s champion club came up just short of the comeback win despite outscoring their West Asian opponents, 20-7 in the final period.
After a pretty even first half of play, the Braves came out of intermission trailing by just six points. However, Naft Abadan extended their advantage to as much as 19 in the third quarter.
Fubon then unleashed a furious rally in the fourth quarter, and was able to cut the their deficit back down to just two points with less than a minute remaining after a personal 5-0 run by guard Chang Po Wei, but ultimately came up just short of the win after they missed two attempts in the final possession.
Kuo Chieh Shao led all scorers with 19 points, while fellow Taiwanese guards Lin Chih-Chieh and Chang Po Wei added 14 and 12 markers each, as imports Sim Bhullar and Charles Garcia both had an off-shooting night.
Iranian national team stalwarts led Naft Abadan to the win, as Hamed Haddadi finished with a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Samad Nikkhabahrami added a 17-point effort in the win.
The Fubon Braves play their final group phase match at the FIBA Asia Champions Cup against Muharraq at 1530H (GMT+7) tomorrow, September 26 at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
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