It’s the second of four games between the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team and the Formosa Dreamers, with the former playing as the host this time around.
In their first outing, the defending champs easily handled the challenge of one of the three new teams in the ABL. They used their better arsenal and more fluid chemistry to score a 120-97 victory in a game where they led by as much as 28 points.
In the rematch, Formosa looks like a more formidable opponent especially after adding EL Salvador National Team player Ronnie Aguilar as their second World Import, replacing Reggie Okosa. The new recruit had a huge double-double with 22 points and 22 rebounds in their last loss to the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
This addition should be a huge sigh of relief for Lenny Daniel who has been a workhorse for Formosa this season. The ABL veteran is still averaging a double-double with 18.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game but he’s shooting poorly from the field at just 44% with the defense focused on him.
In their last few games, a local has emerged as a third weapon on offense in Wu Sung Wei has put together a good string of outings as he now averages 9.3 points per contest on 61% shooting from the field.
However, the visitors will be in for a tough fight against a Hong Kong Eastern squad that is raring to bounce back from their first loss of the season at the hands of the Saigon Heat. Christian Standhardinger blamed himself for the loss even if he had 37 points and 19 rebounds in that game because he knew that making one free throw could have been the difference for his team in regulation. The prolific Heritage Import made on 5 of 17 attempts from the free throw line against Saigon.
Another guy who’s eager forget about the game against the Heat is Tyler Lamb who still finished with 11 points in the game but went 1 of 11 from downtown. The Thai-American has been on fire for almost the entire season so it’ll be interesting to see how he will try to get his rhythm back.