The Formosa Dreamers and Saigon Heat collide in their second matchup of the season, and their first of the new year. The first matchup featured a crazy finish, as the Dreamers made a thrilling fourth quarter comeback to win against the Heat, 80-75.
Gameday is set for January 6, 2018 at the Changhua Stadium, Taiwan.
Since their breakthrough win versus the Heat, the Dreamers have struggled, unable to pick up a victory since then. Saigon on the other hand has also picked up a win since, though the two teams are still searching for consistency this season.
Heat World Import Akeem Scott kept up his fine play this season, however the team fell to Mono Vampire in a tough overtime loss, 116-114. Once again Scott fouled out in overtime, which severely limited his team from grabbing a much needed victory. However he still finished with a rock solid 27 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals.
However there’s reason for optimism heading into the new year. The Heat have been competitive in every single game, and have displayed toughness and tenacity. All they need to do now is be better in the end game, which will happen as they grow together more as a team.
The Dreamers suffered through a lackluster end to the year, as they lost big to Hong Kong, 120-97. It was a lopsided affair that saw Hong Kong dominate from start to finish.
This loss wound up being the last game of World Import Jaleel Cousins, who struggled to affect the team all season long. The Dreamers were also unable to find any kind of defensive rhythm, as they were outscored in several facets of the game.
Dreamers player Chen Yu Han was a bright spot for the Dreamers in their blowout loss to the defending champions Hong Kong Eastern, as he tallied 15 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Chen has been one of the more consistent locals of the Dreamers, though they ran out of fuel against the high scoring Hong Kong team.
Both squads have looked to remedy their situations, making changes in their imports. The Heat have actually added two imports as Maxie Esho and Mike Williams join the Heat.
The 6’9″ Esho replaces erstwhile World Import Travele Jones, who averaged 19 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 3 games with the Heat. Esho flanks Akeem Scott as the World Imports of the Heat.
The 26-year old Williams, a 188cm guard from Cal State Fullerton, joins the Heat after stints in the NBA G-League with the Canton Charge. In his last season with the Charge, Williams avearaged 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2 assists in 14.4 minutes of action.The Heat were able to make the move in the backcourt after David Arnold was reclassified as a local.
The Dreamers decided to dream bigger, by moving on from Jaleel Cousins, their previous World Import. Replacing Cousins is Reggie Okosa, who previously played with Tanduay Alab Pilipinas this season.
Okosa is a talented scorer, who can play both inside and outside. The Dreamers are desperate for some consistent scoring from their World Imports, and are hoping that Okosa is the man who can help change their fortunes.
Both squads have made changes in the offseason, replacing their World Imports to breathe some new life into their campaigns. Which squad will start the year on the right note?