The rampaging Formosa Dreamers put their 9 game winning streak on the line in their regular season finale, as they face the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Dreamers took care of business against the Wolf Warriors to claim the number one seed heading into the Playoffs. By virtue of superior head to head matchup against the defending champions, the Dreamers will finish on top, regardless of the outcome of their final game. It’s an impressive feat to topple Alab, after playing catch up all season long.
The Dreamers wasted no time showing the rest of the ABL that they were going to finish on top, as they grabbed a 99-88 win against the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors. A quick burst in the first period, outscoring the Wolf Warriors 32-12 was all it took to put the game out of hand. Though their were uncertain moments, particularly in the third period when the Dreamers were outscored 25-14, the squad still took care of business to formalize their team as number one at the end of the regular season.
Tevin Glass played like the swiss army knife that we’ve witnessed all season, with brilliant numbers of 24 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks. The Wolf Warriors simply had no answer for Glass, as he led the way to the impressive Formosa win.
The Dragons on the other hand are hurting after missing the Playoffs for the third straight season. They were clinging to the eighth seed for so long this season, before Mono Vampire surged forward and overtook them in the standings.
With their dreams of making it to the next round dashed, the Dragons couldn’t muster up the energy to stop the rampaging Mono Vampire Basketball Club, falling 98-79. The team was unable to slow down Mono Vampire’s three point shooting led by Tyler Lamb, with the Thai-based squad draining 18 triples compared to only 7 for the Dragons.
Winston Shepard flirted with another triple double to lead the Dragons in their loss to Mono Vampire. Shepard has flashed the ability to be this sort of player for the Dragons, but inconsistency with him and his teammates have doomed his squad to be on the otuside looking in. Can he lead his team to a win to end their campaign on a high note?
Injuries, untimely suspensions to World import Winston Shepard, and lack of contributions were all culprits in the Dragons’ demise from the Playoffs, and now they’ll have to find a way to pick up the pieces and prepare for next season. Will they be able to finish their season strong against the hottest team in the league?