The Formosa Dreamers are searching for their first win of the 10th season of the ASEAN Basketball League, and they will take on the visiting the Macau Black Bears to try and achieve this.
Gameday is set for 3:00 PM GMT+8 at the Changhua Stadium, Taiwan.
After finishing last season with the best record in the elimination round, the Formosa Dreamers bowed out in the quarterfinals, losing to Mono Vampire in heartbreaking fashion. They had their chance to exact some revenge in their first game of the new season.
After a rough start against the league-leading Mono Vampire in their debut game last November 23, the Dreamers were able to rally back, and momentarily seize the advantage in the fourth quarter. However the firepower of Mono proved to be too much, and thus they were unable to complete the comeback, falling 95-90.
Marcus Keene, the electric point guard of the Dreamers had a solid debut, finishing with 22 points and 6 assists. His turnovers were an issue as he amassed a total of four, but he’s still learning his teammates, and can only get better.
The Dreamers got good contributions from their locals, which helped them stay within striking distance in the end. Chang Tsung – Hsien torched the rim with five 3-pointers en route to an amazing debut of 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Dreamers will also be getting a big boost, as Wu Sung Wei will be returning for his third season in the ABL, all with the Taiwan-based squad. In his first season with the Dreamers, Wu averaged 11.2 points and 3 3-pointers per contest, which should make his team even more dangerous.
The Black Bears, on the other hand, have been up and down this season, with an even 2-2 card in their first 4 games. Macau was unable to keep the red hot Fubon Braves in check, as they gave up 62% shooting in the 106-93 defeat.
In his second season with the Black Bears, Jenning Leung has been impressive, averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Playing in his second year with Macau, Leung has been a big part of the team’s success.
The same can be said for the high flying World Import of the Black Bears, Kenny Manigault. He had himself another impressive performance, finishing with a team-high 31 points in a well-rounded performance. That should be a good sign for the Dreamers moving forward.
The Black Bears are eager to bounce back from last season’s disappointing end to the season, as they were unable to advance past the Quarterfinals, while the Dreamers are hungry for their first win. Which team will get the upper hand at the end of this matchup between familiar foes?