The Formosa Dreamers continue their strong showing in the 10th season of the ASEAN Basketball League after winning their third straight game as they defeated the Macau Wolf Warriors anew, 100-89, Friday at the Zhongshan Shaxi Gymnasium.
It was the second meeting between two teams in three nights and the Wolf Warriors still had no answer for the Dreamers. Unlike their first matchup last Wednesday, however, their second go-around was a more lopsided affair.
Anthony Tucker dropped 31 points on an efficient shooting night. The former World Import MVP hit 10-of-18 from the field, including six triples. He also had 13 assists as well as six rebounds and three steals.
After squandering an 18-point second quarter lead, the Dreamers used a 37-point third period to regain control of the contest. They opened the second half on a 10-2 run and never looked back. Tucker led the scoring barrage with 15 points in the third, including a definitive and-1 play to push the Formosa advantage to 73-57.
Formosa’s lead ballooned to 21 points, 90-69, after Tucker knocked down a triple, taking the fight out of the Wolf Warriors.
Jerran Young, fresh off a dominating triple-double, was plagued with foul trouble, but still managed to get 24 points, six boards and five steals. Local scoring duo Amigo Yang and Jet Chang combined for 25 points while Jordan Tolbert put up eight points and seven rebounds.
For Macau, Julian Boyd led the way with a 26-point, 15-rebound performance. Unfortunately, he was responsible for nine of the 16 errors by the Wolf Warriors.
Doug Herring was inactive for Macau and was placed on the injured list after reaggrevating his hamstring. In his stead, Mike Bell suited up and provided steady minutes in his return to the Wolf Warriors with eight points and seven boards.
The Dreamers improve to 5-5 and will take their win streak to Malaysia to face the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on Sunday. The Wolf Warriors, who only have three wins in nine games, will have to regroup quickly as they will also see action on the same day in the hopes of bouncing back against the Taipei Fubon Braves.