The Formosa Dreamers are slowly gaining momentum in the 10th season of the ASEAN Basketball League and they will be tested by the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on Saturday at the Changua County Stadium in Taiwan.
The Dreamers have won four of their last five games, boasting a 6-6 record. They are hoping to carry the momentum from a dominating 95-65 win over the Saigon Heat last January 18. Before their 30-point rout, their most recent loss came at the hands of the Dragons. A late jumper from Amir Bell catapulted the Dragons to a stunning 80-79 victory in Malaysia.
The Dreamers will get the chance to exact their revenge on the Dragons this Saturday.
Leading the charge for Formosa will be none other than Jerran Young who is having a superb season. With averages of 20.6 points on 46 percent shooting, 13.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists, he is an early candidate for Most Valuable Player. After already producing solid numbers a year ago with the Singapore Slingers, the explosive guard is putting up more points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks compared to last season.
Elite playmaker Anthony Tucker and big man Jordan Tolbert will flank Young but the Dreamers will also lean on the output of Jet Chang. The 6-foot-4 marksman is fresh off a 21-point barrage against the Heat where he knocked down three triples. He is producing 13.7 points on the season as one of the league’s top local scorers.
The Dragons, meanwhile, are 4-4 on the season and are coming off a loss against the Macau Black Bears. Despite the lack of defensive effort on the part of the Dragons, a positive takeaway against the Black Bears was the offensive explosion from their two World Imports. Bell and Will Artino scored 28 points apiece – both season-highs – in a losing effort.
Kuala Lumpur will also look to its locals led by Simeon Lepichev. The Bulgarian-Malaysian forward matched his season-high of 11 rebounds versus the Black Bears alongside six points. He has only played four games with averages of 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds.
The Dragons and Dreamers go head-to-head in Taiwan, 3 PM local time (GMT+8).