After a thrilling battle two nights ago, the Macau Wolf Warriors and Formosa Dreamers face off once again this Friday at the Zhongshan Shaxi Gymnasium in China.
Round two of their matchup tips off at 8 PM local time (GMT+8).
The Dreamers got the 92-89 victory leaning on the herculean performance of Jerran Young. The explosive guard tallied 23 points, 22 rebounds, and 10 assists. His monster output was the second 20-20 triple-double in league history.
Jet Chang was also instrumental in Formosa’s road win as he knocked down the go-ahead basket in the final minute. Chang misfired on his first four attempts from downtown but remained confident in his last shot. He put up 21 points while dishing out five assists.
The Dreamers capitalized the absence of Douglas Herring who was nursing a leg injury. His season averages of 23.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 9.0 assists was sorely missed by the Wolf Warriors.
It remains to be seen whether Herring will suit up for Macau this Friday. Should the do-it-all guard miss his second straight game, the Wolf Warriors will have to bank on their other stars just as they did on Wednesday night.
Steven Thomas picked up the slack for the home team with his output of 19 points and nine rebounds. The ABL veteran played as the lone World Import for Macau for long stretches as Julian Boyd was hampered by foul trouble. Boyd was slapped with three personal fouls in the first quarter and finished with just eight points and 14 rebounds.
The backcourt of Scott Ewing and Tang Zhi Keng also provided ample firepower for Macau. Tang fired 17 points and Ewing added 16 in a losing effort.
As the two teams go head-to-head for the second time in three days, the Wolf Warriors will have to keep Young in-check if they want to improve their chances of winning. It will take a team effort to stifle Young who has been playing his best basketball in the ABL.
For the Dreamers, they become tougher to beat when they push the pace and with Anthony Tucker facilitating. The former MVP finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists versus Macau, picking his spots and hitting timely shots from the outside. In addition, it was his passing that kick-started Formosa’s huge second half.
The Dreamers, who own a 4-5 record, aim for their third straight win while the Wolf Warriors will look to defend homecourt and improve their 3-5 standing.