The Formosa Dreamers are out to use the momentum they gathered after a huge win against rival Taipei Fubon Braves as they welcome the challenge of the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas for the second of their back-to-back home-stand at the Changhua Gymnasium.
Unhappy with their 1-3 win-loss tally to start the season, the Dreamers changed things up in their roster, replacing two of their World Imports as they continue to look for ways to become a stronger contender. Alab has also made a change in their import situation as Sam Deguara, now playing for his third ABL team, drastically changed their gameplay as they have now racked up three straight wins after losing their debut.
After being on the losing side of the first Taiwan Tussle in the ASEAN Basketball League’s Tenth Season, Dreamers exacted revenge against the Braves as they used their hot three-point shooting to stay ahead.
Former World Import Most Valuable Player Anthony Tucker showed the entire league how dominant he still is as he led Formosa in scoring with 25 points anchored on seven triples. In the first half, it seemed like Tucker was still trying to get his legs back underneath him while also getting to know his teammates a little bit better as he failed to score a single point. This did not last long though as he took over in the second half, sinking a dagger triple to quash any hopes of a comeback from the Braves.
Tucker seems to be the perfect partner alongside the hard-working Jerran Young who filled the stat sheet once again with 19 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, six steals and two blocks in another awesome all-around performance.
Formosa got a lot of help from Chang Tsung-Hsien as he scorched hot from the field all game long. If he continues to provide this level of scoring for the Dreamers, then they could definitely be one of the teams to keep an eye on this season.
Alab is the hottest team in the league right now as they took down the erstwhile undefeated Mono Vampire Basketball Club in their last game. It was a revenge performance for the former ABL champions as they were beaten badly in their season debut by the Thai squad. This time around, with Deguara commanding a lot of attention in the shaded area, they were able to dominate the inside scoring and also got a lot more trips to the free-throw line.
An interesting player match-up would be Deguara going up against Jordan Tolbert. Formosa’s new import did well in his first game with the team as he barely took shots in the match as he instead focused on playing defense against Sim Bhullar and Charles Garcia. Tolbert finished with six points and 13 rebounds but he’ll have another giant in front of him in Deguara who had another solid outing of 20 points and 10 rebounds against his former team.
Deguara’s effectiveness, and to a certain extent the whole team’s success, often is dependent on Jason Brickman’s playmaking so far. The point guard suffered a glitch in their first game with only four assists but he has since recovered with three double-digit assist games in their winning streak. He’s now averaging 9.3 assists per contest, which underlines how important he is to the team.
Against Mono Vampire, Nick King also stepped up for Alab as he picked up from Khalif Wyatt who powered them in their first two wins with his three-point shooting. King features a much different game as he is a slasher with many of his points coming off strong finishes or free throws.