It’s the second meeting of the season between the Formosa Dreamers and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas but now the former will host the road-weary defending champions.
Alab will be playing their third game in five days as they opened their campaign this week with a game last Wednesday, which turned out to be a shocking 72-71 loss against the Westports Malaysia Dragons in Kuala Lumpur. They had no time to waste as they went home to welcome Hong Kong Eastern. Alab scored a bounce back win, 87-75 against their fellow former ABL champion before heading to Taiwan to face the Dreamers.
Holding a 7-4 win-loss tally, Formosa is currently tied for the third to fifth spots with Singapore and Saigon. They are behind Alab at 6-1 and Macau at 6-2.
Formosa got the shorter end of the stick in their last game against the Black Bears in a high scoring affair. Although Tevin Glass scored 43 points with Malcolm Miller adding 29, the Dreamers simply could not stop the scoring onslaught of Macau led by Anthony Tucker’s 43 points and 10 assists, as they lost 116-110.
The Dreamers sorely missed the services of Will Artino in the game as he was still recovering from an ankle sprain he suffered after scoring on a slam dunk against two defenders in their game versus Singapore.
If the reliable import is still not available, Formosa would need another set of monster games from Glass and Miller to hang with the defending champions. They also need to get contributions elsewhere, specifically Kenneth Chien who has been their more consistent local. One good sign for the Dreamers was the performance of Chen Hsiao Jung who dropped 12 points and nine rebounds against Macau, a huge upgrade from his 1.8 point and 2.8 rebound average.
On the other end, Alab showed much better form against Hong Kong Easter as the surprise loss to the Dragons appeared to have woken them up. PJ Ramos led their surge as he started the game on attack mode, taking Sam Deguara out of the equation early due to fouls. Ramos finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, allowing Renaldo Balkman to take a breather as he only needed to score eight points with the same number of rebounds in less than 22 minutes of action.
Ray Parks was the leading local scorer for Alab with 24 points alongside four rebounds and four assists.