After being cellar-dwellers a year ago, the Formosa Dreamers continue their stellar run in the ninth season of the ASEAN Basketball.
The expansion team from Taiwan officially clinched a playoff berth on Sunday after a 107-79 blowout win against the Wolf Warriors at the Changhua County Stadium in Changhua City.
Tevin Glass led the scoring barrage with 25 points on a crisp 12-for-18 shooting from the floor to go along with nine rebounds and five assists. Malcolm Miller added 22 points and displayed his all-around game, registering 15 assists and five steals, both career-highs. Will Artino, who top-scored for Formosa the previous night, had 20 points and did most of his damage on the glass with 12 rebounds.
Last season, the Dreamers only had one win to show for in 20 games and ended up dead last in the standings. This season is a complete turnaround for them as they’ve already amassed 13 wins through 19 outings. They are currently second in the league behind the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ 16-3 record.
On Saturday, a handful of locals also produced for the home team as Kenneth Chien tallied 15 points, including two shots from rainbow country. Chen Shih Nien contributed seven points and seven assists and Wu Yung-Cheng chipped in seven points and three steals off the bench.
The Dreamers started flat, allowing their opponent to get an early 7-0 lead. They regained their footing midway the first quarter and even held a nine-point advantage, 26-17. But the Wolf Warriors proved to be just as resilient, dropping 30 points in the second period to take a 47-46 lead behind the scoring from Sun He Feng, Shawntez Patterson, and Cory Bradford.
Sun had a breakout game, putting up 18 points and 12 rebounds – his best performance this season. Patterson, Bradford, and Mike Bell all had 16 points apiece.
In the second half however, the Dreamers took full control. They opened the third period on a 20-9 run and never looked back. They scored a total of 61 points in the second half while limiting the Wolf Warriors to just 32.
The Dreamers have won three straight games and will look to keep it going as they’ll play the Macau Black Bears in back-to-back home games this weekend. The Wolf Warriors, who are 2-18, will have the first crack at the Black Bears this Tuesday.