Jerran Young posted monster numbers and Jet Chang delivered the go-ahead basket as the Formosa Dreamers fended off a gritty effort from the undermanned Macau Wolf Warriors to get the 92-89 victory Wednesday at the Zhongshan Shaxi Gymnasium.
Young was a class of his own as he normed 23 points, 22 rebounds, and 10 assists. It was the second 20-20 triple-double in league history after Malaysia’s Winston Shepard achieved the feat last season. As Young filled the stat sheet, it was Chang who provided the killing blow for Formosa.
Tied at 89-apiece with 56 seconds remaining, Chang knocked down a clutch triple off a pass from Young to break the deadlock and give his team the lead for good.
“Our rule is keep shooting,” said Formosa head coach Kyle Julius. “I believe in these guys I want to keep them shooting. If [you’re] open, you shoot it. That’s our rule.”
Chang finished with 21 points on 10-for-19 shooting and missed his four attempts from beyond the arc before hitting the game-winning shot.
The Dreamers found their rhythm in the second half as they outscored the Wolf Warriors, 49-25. They were down by as many as 14 points in the second quarter against Macau who was missing Douglas Herring due to a leg injury.
“[In the] second half we just played harder I thought,” said Julius. “And I thought we hit our assignments a little bit more. But you gotta give them a lot of credit. Their bench guys, the guys who came in who picked up for Doug Herring, played really well. I thought overall they outplayed us to be honest.
Second half, we got some stops and then we ran. That’s where we are at our best – when we go out and run.”
Steven Thomas did the heavy lifting for Macau with 19 points and nine rebounds. The backcourt of Tang Zhi Keng and Scott Ewing also picked up the slack for Herring. Tang had 17 points while Ewing chipped in with 16 as the duo combined for seven treys. World Import Julian Boyd was slapped with three fouls in the first quarter and failed to get his groove, finishing with just eight points and 14 rebounds.
The Dreamers have now won back-to-back games to improve to a 4-5 record while the Wolf Warriors slide to 3-5. The two teams will do battle once again this Friday at the same venue.