Formosa gave Kuala Lumpur a taste of its own medicine as the Dreamers defended their home court against the Dragons, 85-79, Sunday at the Changua Stadium in Taiwan.
Anthony Tucker took charge for the Dreamers with an all-around effort of 22 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. Jerran Young was equally superb with 20 points and 16 boards, and six dimes. The 6-foot-6 swingman also had five blocks, tying his season-high.
It was a bounce back performance for the Dreamers who lost in a tightly-contest January 12 matchup against the Dragons in Malaysia. In the rematch, the Dreamers made sure that they would close out strong.
Tucker and Young did the heavy lifting but the Dreamers also got a huge lift from Jet Chang who was fearless down the stretch, scoring all of his 11 points in the final frame. Chang scored the first eight points for his team, laying the groundwork for a huge fourth period. His fadeaway with 8:32 remaining gave Formosa an eight-point lead, 63-55.
However, the Dragons remained resilient and even regained the lead, 66-65, after a triple from Cade Davis. Both teams then traded clutch baskets in a thrilling fourth quarter battle. With roughly three minutes left into the game, a basket from Will Artino cut Formosa’s lead to three, 76-73, but Chang answered right back with a gutsy jumper. The momentum continued to shift in favor of the home team after Artino was called for a technical foul under the two-minute mark. After Tucker knocked down the technical free throw, Chang pushed the lead back to eight, 81-73, after drawing the foul on Ting Chun Hong.
Young delivered the dagger jumper with 46 seconds left to seal the win for the Dreamers.
Ryan Watkins provided 14 points and seven rebounds in his first game for the Dreamers. Amigo Yang also reached double-figures with 12 points, anchored by two triples.
Artino fired 24 points to lead the Dragons alongside 12 rebounds and three blocks while Davis added 18 points, six boards, and eight assists.
The Dreamers improve to 7-6 on the season while the Dragons drop to 4-5.