The Formosa Dreamers picked up a big win on the road, toppling the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team 92-86 inside the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
The Dreamers were led by a red hot shooting performance from Malcolm Miller, who caught fire from long distance for a whopping seven triples on 63% shooting. The World Import was spectacular all game long, chipping in 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
The Dreamers also got a big boost from the return of Will Artino, who missed 3 games due to injury. Artino looked like he never skipped a beat, tallying 28 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks to help the Dreamers pick up the victory.
The tide turned for the Dreamers in the 3rd quarter, as they flipped what was a 46-42 advantage in favor of Hong Kong at the half. A booming dunk plus a bonus free throw by Sam Deguara gave Hong Kong a five point lead, 52-47 at the 7:40 mark.
Formosa responded, opening up a 9-2 run triggered by the shooting of Miller and relentless penetration in the paint from Artino. They grabbed the lead, 56-52 before Hong Kong countered with a run of their own to seize back the lead. However the Dreamers outscored Hong Kong 14-5 the rest of the period to take an eight point lead into the final frame, 70-62.
Both teams exchanged triples at the start of the quarter, with Hong Kong determined to rally back. But the Dreamers had an answer for every potential run for the home squad, with Artino’s layup keeping the lead at 11 points with 2:35 left in the game.
Hong Kong got to as close as four points, 90-86 behind a furious run from O’Darien Bassett, with 1:18 left in the game. But Artino dashed all hopes of a comeback once again with a swooping layup, allowing the Dreamers to pick up the six point victory.
Bassett paced Hong Kong with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Sam Deguara had another double-double performance, as he tallied 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Marcus Elliott struggled from the field with a 4/14 shooting night to finish with 13 points and 6 turnovers.
The Dreamers climbed to third place in the standings with the win, now with a 9-5 record. Hong Kong drops to 7th place, currently with an 8-7 card. They will have a chance to recover with a date versus the Westports Malaysia dragons on January 23. The Dreamers on the other hand will look to make it two in a row, as they travel on the road to face the Macau Black Bears on January 23.