The ASEAN Basketball League’s opening weekend continues with the Kuala Lumpur Dragons facing the Taipei Fubon Braves, who won their opening game.
The Taipei Fubon Braves went up against a very game Macau Black Bears team, winning it 95-91. OJ Mayo filled the box score in his debut with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists but he did have 5 turnovers. “The Beast” Lin Chih-Chieh had the best outing yesterday as he put up a stellar 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists to lead the Braves.
The champions of the Taiwanese domestic league had a solid outing yesterday as the scoring came in bunches and from different players which greatly confused the Black Bears as to who they should defend. There were no telltale signs of nervousness from their end but after playing such an intense game, fatigue may become a factor in today’s game against the Kuala Lumpur Dragons, who will play their first game today.
For the Dragons, this season may be considered as a hard reset for the entire team. They were dead last in points per game and field goal percentage last season. To address these lapses in the offense, the Malaysia-based team opted to bring in three imports in the form of 6’4” spitfire guard Amir Bell, sharpshooter Cade Davis and former Formosa Dreamer big man Will Artino. The Artino signing surprised a lot of the fans of the ABL as they were expecting to see him suit up again for the Dreamers. He was also a member of that team’s import-centric attack that led them to the first seed.
The Kuala Lumpur Dragons are looking to start the season right by stealing a win away from the formidable Braves. They haven’t entered the postseason in three years and would like to end that drought this season.
As for the Braves, their fatigue from yesterday’s hotly-contested matchup may play a factor in their game today as the Dragons will look to upend the league’s newest team.