The Braves secured their first game of the tenth season of the ASEAN Basketball League after knocking down the Macau Black Bears, 95-91 at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium on November 16 Saturday.
The Braves built an early 10-point lead in the first quarter but the Black Bears went back at them and cut the deficit to only a point.
The Black Bears came alive after an offensive spurt from Kenny Manigault and Jenning Leung in the second quarter, finishing the 1st half in a deadlock, 48-48.
Both teams traded multiple baskets during the third quarter but Brandon Edwards gave the Black Bears a 4-point cushion in the last minutes of the third quarter, 72-68.
Gentle giant Sim Bhullar slowly controlled the inside in the first minutes of the fourth quarter with a couple of offensive rebounds and inside shots. He tallied, 14 points and 6 rebounds.
In the fourth quarter, the McKinney-led Black Bears rallied back to a 1-point deficit after the Braves committed five turnovers with 1:30 minutes left in the last quarter.
With 20.43 seconds left in the quarter, the Black Bears failed to mount a comeback after Warren Liang hit the foul limit and was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Lin Chih-Chieh.
The Braves’ local veteran and star player Lin Chih-Chieh had a hot shooting game and tallied 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Charles Garcia paced the Braves with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Tsai Wen-Cheng helped the cause with 13 markers.
Manigault and Mikh McKinney led the way for the Macau Black Bears with 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 23 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, respectively.
The Taipei Fubon Braves will go up against the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on November 17 at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium at 4:00PM (GMT+8).
The Macau Black Bears will face the Macau Wolf Warriors on November 23 at 8:00 PM (GMT + 8).