Both ABL Basketball teams from Chinese Taipei clashed once again over this past weekend’s P.League + games.
Backed by a sold out 7000 strong home crowd at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium, the Taipei Fubon Braves picked up their sixth victory of the season with a resounding 115-95 win over the Formosa Taishin Dreamers on Saturday.
Veteran big, Tseng Wen-Ting opened the scoring for the Braves the first before debuting American import, Stephan Hicks sank a three to spark a Dreamers run, giving the visitors an early 14-4 lead.
Determined not to let his former team surge further ahead, “Jet” Chang Tsung-Hsien led the charge with 11 first quarter points to cut the lead to only one with 19 seconds remaining.
However, it was former ABL World Import MVP, Anthony Tucker with the final say; nailing a buzzer beating three pointer to make it a 30-26 first quarter lead for the Dreamers.
Back-to-back threes from Joseph Lin and “Beast” Lin Chih-Chieh regained the Braves lead early in the second quarter. The Dreamer’s Jonah Morrison would respond with a three of his own to set the tone for a closely contested second quarter. The second quarter saw eight lead changes.
The difference maker in the second quarter turned out to be the Brave’s 22-year-old big, Tseng Hsiang-Chun. Tseng contributed six points including a fast break dunk with 38 seconds remaining to give the Braves a slim 47-45 lead going into the half time break.
Jet Chang continued his fine form, scoring five points early in the third quarter to stretch the Brave’s lead to ten.
Despite foul struggles in the face of the Brave’s size advantage, the Dreamers clawed their way back through the efforts of their import duo. Anthony Tucker and Stephan Hicks combined 20 points to reduce the deficit to three.
In the face of the Dreamer’s offensive pressure, former Mono Vampire import, Mike Singletary showed his mettle, scoring nine points to give the Braves some breathing room, finishing the quarter with an 80-74 lead.
The Braves started the final quarter strong through three pointers from Lin Chih-Chieh and Ihor Zaytsev, quickly pushing the lead back to double digits with nine minutes remaining.
Just like their previous encounter, the Dreamers struggled to score in the fourth quarter and failed to contain the Brave’s fluid offense. A floater by Winston Tsai Wen-Cheng increased the lead to 21 with six minutes remaining.
The Braves never looked like letting up, finishing the game with the comfortable 115-95 score line.
The Braves had a fine game on both ends of the floor, scoring 52% from the field, holding the Dreamers to 37% shooting and outrebounded the visitors 57-37.
Four Braves logged double doubles with Mike Singletary leading the way with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. “Beast” Lin Chih-Chieh logged 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists while Ukrainian Ihor Zaytsev contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Jet Chang notched 21 points.
It was also a breakout game for the 22-year-old Tseng Hsiang-Chun with 15 points and 10 rebounds, making it his best performance of the season thus far.
The Dreamers top performer was Stephan Hicks with 27 points,18 rebounds and 6 assists. Anthony Tucker and “Amigo” Yang Chin-Min both had 16 points.
The Braves would not have a perfect weekend, falling to a home 102-111 defeat to the Hsinchu JKO Lioneers on Sunday. Despite Jet Chang’s 29 points, the Braves took their first loss of the season, sending their record to 6-1. Despite the loss, the Braves retained their No.1 position in the standings. You can catch the full game here.
The Braves will play their next two games on the road. They will attempt to avenge their loss against the Hsinchu Jko Lioneers on the 23rd of January before facing the Taoyuan Pilots the next day.
The Dreamers suffered further disappointment; dropping a close encounter to the Taoyuan Pilots the following day. Anthony Tucker’s 22 points weren’t enough to prevent the 86-90 loss, which dropped them to the bottom of the standings with a 1-5 record. You can watch the full game here.
The Dreamers will continue their road stand in a rematch with the Taoyuan Pilots on the 23rd of January before travelling to face the Hsinchu Jko Lioneers on Sunday.