The Fubon Braves and Hitech Basketball Club continue to lord over the competition in the 2019 FIBA Asia Champions Cup East Inter-Sub Zone Qualifiers.

Hitech’s head coach Chris Daleo only gave the imports limited minutes, as he allowed the local talents to shine in their 116-54 blowout win against an all-Indian Punjab Police Team.

Nattakarn Muangboon starred for the Thai squad with a double-double performance of 11 points and 10 assists to go with four rebounds and two steals. Nakorn Jaisanuk led the team in scoring with 18 points, while Wattana Suttisin added 13.

Rajvir Singh led all scorers with 26 points to go with three rebounds and three steals for India’s 33rd Federation Cup winners, but only shot 26 percent from the floor while also committing eight turnovers.

In the first game of the double-header, the newest ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) squad Fubon Braves used their defense to continuously frustrate the Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association (SAFSA) en route to the 100-46 landslide victory.

Po Wei Chan, Fubon Braves (Photo: FIBA)
Chang Po Wei led the Fubon Braves in scoring against SAFSA (Photo: FIBA)

Fubon tallied 21 steals in the game as they forced the Braves to commit 27 turnovers, 16 of which came in the first half.

Chang Po Wei and Lin Bing Sheng led the Braves in scoring, combining for 36 points off 65 percent shooting from the field, while Chang Tsung-hsien and import Jequan Lewis added 11 markers each.

Meanwhile, Leon Kwek was once again the best player for SAFSA. The Singapore national team mainstay finishing with 20 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while shooting 8-for-11 from the field.

No other player from all-local SAFSA squad managed to score more than six points.

The East Inter-Sub Zone Qualifiers wraps up tomorrow with more leveled matchups as SAFSA takes on Punjab Police, and Hitech meets the Braves in the final day of the tournament at the Thai-Japanese Youth Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Regardless of the result tomorrow, both Hitech Basketball Club and the Fubon Braves have now qualified to be a part of the final eight teams in the 2019 FIBA Asia Champions Cup later this year as the best two squads in the qualifying tournament.

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