The Formosa Dreamers pull out another impressive victory at the expense of Hong Kong Eastern, 82-80, in a full-house Southorn Stadium.
Eastern big man Samuel Deguara opened the game with a lay-up against three opponents, before both teams traded baskets for the first half of the opening quarter. Formosa guard Wu Sung Wei extended the Dreamers’ lead with his shots from beyond the arc.
Kenneth Chien showed his athleticism against the 7’5” Deguara by putting back a tough bucket over the Maltese center, which forced the home team to call an immediate timeout. While Eastern was trying to figure out the best strategy, Dreamers were able to maintain their lead in most of the quarter, especially under the facilitation of Hsueh Lin Lee.
Three of Dreamers’ imports contributed 26 points and 11 boards in a collective effort. Aside from Marcus Elliott, the whole team struggled to put up numbers against the visitors, including Ferguson who only managed to drop one point from charity stripe before half time.
When the third quarter started, it was Elliott who drilled in a quick long bomb to cut the lead down to nine, and there onward started his own one man show. Eastern had a quick 5-0 after Dreamers’ timeout, including a breakaway slam from Deguara.
As Elliott continue to displayed his aggressiveness and made a tough shot from deep, the home team was able to tie the game at 52 a piece.
However, Tevin Glass then added another quick five points into his account and made sure his team was in leading position going into the final quarter.
After a quick huddle from the coaching team, both Chien and Malcolm Miller swished in two crucial three pointers to maintain their lead early of the fourth quarter. Similarly to the previous game, William Artino made his presence felt down low, fighting around the rim to get boards and easy buckets.
But the home team was not easy to let go, and kept their resiliency throughout the entire quarter. They managed to trim down the deficit into one point after Ferguson’s fast break lay-up. Jon Siu who then made a dagger three to tied the game in cancelling Artino’s mid-range jumper in the previous possession. As the game went down to the most crucial possession, Miller didn’t shy off in showing the crowd “Miller Time”, as he drilled in another clutch bomb from perimeter to sealed the game.
The Dreamers successfully forced 21 turnovers, their active hands obviously disrupted the home team’s momentum. Both Miller and Glass contributed 20 points each, with the latter adding 10 rebounds to compliment with it. Meanwhile, Artino contributed 19 points and nine rebounds against his gigantic opponent down low. The Taiwanese locals totalled of 23 points and nine assists.
Although Eastern wasn’t able to secure a home win, their resident import Marcus Elliott put up a show to the tune of 36 points, nine rebounds and five dimes. On top of that, the American guard made five out of seven shots from deep.
The Hong Kong side will be looking to retool before traveling to Surabaya for their second away game of the season against CLS Knights on 24th of November, while the Taiwan-based Dreamers will look to continue their winning streak when they face the struggling Wolf Warriors in Zhuhai on the 24th of November.