The Formosa Dreamers are set to visit Mono Vampire at Stadium 29 for their season debut later today at 4:00 PM (GMT +8). The Dreamers are starting their 2019-2020 campaign where it ended last season.
After claiming the first-seed with a 19-7 record after the 2018-2019 regular season, Formosa was slated to face the eighth-seed Mono Vampire in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately for the Taiwan-based squad, their playoff run would end early as they were upset with a 0-2 series loss.
This season, the Dreamers hope not to only replicate their 2018-2019 success but go deeper into the playoffs. Former Saigon Heat head coach Kyle Julius has taken over the reins for the Dreamers — replacing 2019 Coach of the Year Dean Murray. Julius is the Dreamers’ third head coach in three seasons.
Along with Julius, the Taiwan-based team has also brought in new three imports to their roster led by former Slinger Jerran Young. Young was a vital piece to Singapore’s Finals run last season and is regarded as of the best two-way players in the league today.
Joining Young is point guard Marcus Keene and 7’2″ center Liam McMorrow. Marcus Keene played for only two games for Mono Vampire last year — averaging 32.5 points per game. Meanwhile, Liam McMorrow is an experienced big man who has played in Taiwan’s Super Basketball League (SBL) for four seasons.
National team members Jet Chang and Yang Chin-Min have also signed with the team — joining returning players Tien Lei, Lee Hsueh Lin, Kenny Chien, and Chen Shih Nien.
Meanwhile, Mono Vampire will look to start their season with a 2-0 record.
Mono Vampire proved that they are a top contender this season as they dismantled the revamped San Miguel Alab Pilipinas with a 35-point blowout victory last November 17.
The Thailand-based team drained 18 shots from beyond the arc and recorded 54 bench points against Alab. With their stellar performance, Mono Vampire showed their tremendous scoring power and bench depth.
With all that being said, the Dreamers on paper have the firepower to go head-to-head with Mono Vampire. The hurdle for the Dreamers will be their chemistry. McMorrow and Keene have only been with the team for just a few weeks.
Have the Dreamers players already adapted to Julius’ new system and have they integrated all of their new signings? Will Mono Vampire’s firepower and teamwork be too much for the visiting Fomasa?
Later’s game is definitely a must-watch especially with Mike Singletary, Tyler Lamb, and Freddie Lish all in striking distance to reach respective milestones.