Taipei, The Changhua-based Formosa Dreamers stunned the Taipei Fubon Braves Sunday, clinching a 95-87 win in the final game of the “2020 Fubon Cup Braves Basketball Tournament,” which is also the second round of P.LEAGUE+ preseason games.
The game was considered one of the highlights of the preseason as both teams represent Taiwan in the regional ASEAN Basketball League which ended its 2019-2020 season early because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Playing in front of a crowd of over 6,600 spectators at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium, the Dreamers found their mark from beyond the arc with 20 baskets from the three-point line, including six from American point guard Anthony Tucker.
Dreamers forward Yang Chin-min (楊敬敏) also made 24 points.
In response, Braves American forward Michael Singletary, one of the most recent additions to the team roster, worked the paint and hit a series of shots from low post to lead the scoring for his team with 20 points.
Fans were on the edge of their seats during the contest, which was finely balanced at 48-46 by half time. The court was filled with cheers and screams as both teams made fast-paced plays that excited the fans.
However, it was local favorite Taiwan national team guard Lin Chih-chieh (林志傑), who time after time made the crowd scream with joy as he led his team with dangerous triple threats and challenged his opponent for the basket.
The Braves fought back in the second half with Lin nailing a three from deep in the starting minutes of the third quarter that received thunderous applause from the crowd.
With the score seesawing between the two teams, the Dreamers found themselves in front 89-79 with just over five minutes left to play.
When the Braves offensive broke down in the final moments of the game the Dreamers were able to hold their defensive line and sink their open shots in return, winning the game 95-87 at the final buzzer.
Dreamers head coach Kyle Julius, former Canadian men’s national team player and one of Canada’s most talented basketball minds, said at a press conference after the game that his team was on point with their shooting.
“We hit 42 threes in two games, find me any team in the world that can hit 42 threes in two games, next to the Houston Rockets,” Julius said. “If it’s an open shot we are going to shoot it.”
It was the Dreamers first win against the Braves in the P.LEAGUE+ preseason, albeit after many encounters in the ASEAN Basketball League.
Meanwhile, also Sunday, in the third game of the 2020 Fubon Cup Braves Basketball Tournament, the Hsinchu Lioneers clinched a 92-87 fourth quarter turnaround win against the Taoyuan Pilots.
The upcoming official P.LEAGUE+ season officially starts on Dec. 19 with the Dreamers up against the Braves in the opening game to be held at Changhua County Stadium.
The P.LEAGUE+, which was formed earlier this year with four teams, is one of two domestic basketball leagues, along with the Super Basketball League.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel