The Formosa Dreamers clinched the top seed after a 99-88 victory over the Wolf Warriors Thursday at the Foshan Shishan Gymnasium in China.
Formosa stretched its winning streak to nine games for a 19-6 record, while Zhuhai suffered its ninth straight loss and slid to 2-23.
Three Dreamers tallied double-double 20-point performances. Tevin Glass topped with 24 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Malcolm Miller delivered 23 points and 11 assists, while Will Artino added 21 points and 14 rebounds.
The Dreamers dodged a bullet after Miller’s one-game suspension was rescinded by the league. He was initially slapped with a disqualifying foul after a rebound scuffle against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ Josh Urbiztondo and Caelan Tiongson. Miller instead was just assessed a technical foul.
Formosa put on a 12-0 show in the opening minutes highlighted by four consecutive dunks from Glass, Miller, and Artino. The visiting team ended the period with a barrage of 3-point shots for a huge 32-12 lead.
The Wolf Warriors regrouped at the halftime break and came out firing in the third quarter. After trailing by as much as 23, Cai Chen and Cory Bradford conspired to trim the deficit to just eight points.
The Dreamers, however, switched gears in the final frame. They continued their dunking spree and aggressive attacking to break away again and secure the match.
The league-leaders shot 43 percent from the field and finished with 34 assists and nine steals in the contest.
Cai paced the home team with 34 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Both teams will be back in action on Sunday. The Dreamers hope to make it 10 wins in a row when they take on the Westports Malaysia Dragons for their last regular season game. As for the Wolf Warriors, they’ll hope to get a win and end their debut season on a winning note against Hong Kong Eastern.