Fresh from their four-game home stand, the Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club showed no signs of slowing down as they cruised to a 105-83 road win over the Formosa Dreamers on Saturday at the Changhua Stadium.
Kung Fu is still the team to beat in the ABL after they notched their fifth straight win, while also remaining on top of the standings with a 14-5 record. With the victory on Saturday, they inch closer to claiming an outright semifinals berth in the playoffs.
Mikh McKinney, who is reigning Heritage Import Player of the Week, poured in a team-high 29 points while adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Anthony Tucker also provided a ton of firepower with his 26-point output, but the surprise of the game was the first half contributions of Song Shuai.
The seldom-used swingman scored 17 of his 19 points in the first two quarters to set the tone for Kung Fu. He finished with a 5-for-5 shooting clip from beyond the arc, and was certainly a spark plug off the bench.
A triple by McKinney at the start of the third period made it 60-34, marking the biggest advantage by Chong Son. The Dreamers however, refused to go down quietly in front of their fans.
Led by Cameron Forte, the home team slowly chipped away the lead. A bucket by Kenneth Chien made it into a 12-point game at the start of the fourth quarter as the Dreamers were trying to cut down the deficit. But Kung Fu, proving that they have a ton of weapons at their disposal, went to Tucker who fired away back-to-back triples to push the lead back to 18 points. Tucker, McKinney, and the rest of Kung Fu dominated the rest of the contest.
Forte did all he could with 33 points and 14 rebounds, but they were not enough to pull off an upset. Ronnie Aguilar meanwhile chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Aside from the two World Imports, no other Formosa player finished in double-figures.
The Dreamers lost their 14th game in a row and their ninth at home. They still have one more game at the Changhua Stadium as they hope to beat the Singapore Slingers on Sunday.
As for the hot-streaking Kung Fu, they have one more game left in their regular season schedule. They will face the defending champions Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team on March 28.