The Formosa Dreamers continue to be the early surprise of the 2018-19 ABL season, as the team dispatched Hong Kong Eastern in Southorn Stadium, 82-80. Once again, the game went down the wire, and for the second straight time, the Dreamers delivered in the clutch.
It was a thriller that went down to the final seconds to decide the outcome. The visiting Dreamers were in firm control the entire way, even erecting a lead by as big as 13 points in the second quarter, 32-19. Key to Formosa’s first quarter surge was their disciplined defense, forcing Hong Kong into 15 turnovers in the first half.
The Dreamers also got solid play The first half ended with the Dreamers taking a 12 point lead into the break, 44-32.
The ABL champions of 2017 responded accordingly in the second half, as former ABL MVP Marcus Elliott led a 3rd quarter rally. Teammate Sam Deguara also had a thunderous dunk at the 7:38 mark, stealing the ball on the defensive end and going all the way for the throwdown.
However the Dreamers would gain their bearings in the 4th quarter, starting on an 8-2 to go up again by 10 points, 71-61. But triples from Elliott and Lee Ki kept Hong Kong within striking distance, setting up a thrilling finish in the final two minutes.
Trailing by nine points with 2:13, Hong Kong triggered an 8-2 run, to trim the lead to only 77-76. And with a booming triple from Siu Jon, Hong Kong tied the game at 79-all with 59 seconds left in the contest.
But it wouldn’t last for long, as Formosa’s Malcolm Miller hit a booming triple, restoring the lead back to the Dreamers, 82-79 with 8 seconds remaining. Hong Kong would get a break, as Miller was called for an intentional foul, giving Chan two free throws and possession to Hong Kong Eastern. However Chan would split free throws, and Elliott missed a desperation triple to steal the victory, allowing the Dreamers to escape with the hard-fought victory.
Miller and Tevin Glass paced the Dreamers with 20 points apiece, with Miller scorching the rims with a 5/9 clip from the three point area. William Artino did a solid job containing Sam Deguara to only 11 points, while chipping in 19 points and 9 rebounds.
Hong Kong was led by Elliott’s 36 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. World Import Eric Ferguson struggled from the field with only 9 points on 3/9 scoring, though he did chip in 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks.
Hong Kong falls to 1-1 this season, while the Dreamers have already eclipsed last season’s 1-19 finish as they win their second game of the season.