The iECO Green Warriors pushed the Xinjiang Flying Tigers to the brink before falling in a 107-103 thriller during their final game at the Asia League Terrific 12 tournament in Macau.
The hastily-assembled Philippine squad showed marked improvements from the get-go, tying the game at 27-all at the end of the first quarter, a far cry from their opening day drubbing at the hands of B.League Japan’s Ryukyu Golden Kings.
Led by 35 combined first-half points Filipino-American guard Joshua Munzon and imports Tiras Wade and Sam Logwood, iEco was only down by seven points at intermission despite a 27-point outburst by Xinjiang’s Darius Adams.
The Green Warriors were still on the tails of the Flying Tigers during the entire second half, even taking a 99-95 advantage with 4:26 remaining in the game but eventually relinquished the lead after Wang Zirui’s three pointer with two minutes remaining.
Darius Adam’s acrobatic layup and Abudushalamu Abudurexiti’s clutch put back effectively took the air out of iECO in the end game.
Adams never slowed down as he led Xinjiang to the victory with a monstrous 45-point, 8-rebound, 8-assist stat line. China’s rising star Abudushalamu Abudurexiti finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while fellow national team member Wang Zirui added 14 markers of his own.
Tiras Wade top-scored for the Philippine club with 24 points, while Sam Logwood had 21. Joshua Munzon and Gabriel Banal added 16 points each in the loss.
Both teams bow out of the tournament after only the top team from each of the four groups advance to the playoff round: The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins clash with compatriots Ryukyu Golden Kings, while the Seoul Samsung Thunders will face off against the reigning Summer Super 8 Champions Guangzhou Long Lions on the other side.
The Asia League Terrific 12 semifinals will tip-off at 5:00 PM on September 22 at the Studio City Events Center in Macau, SAR.
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