The Formosa Dreamers rampaged over the Saigon Heat in the CIS Arena, winning 95-65 in season 10 ABL action.
The Heat made a change in their roster, adding Mike Bell into their lineup after the Wolf Warriors released him to active World Import Douglas Herring. Bell replaced Morakinyo Williams, the Heat’s man in the middle. And with the limited ceiling for the Heat, the Dreamers took full advantage of a team that was still in transition.
Jerran Young, the reigning ABL Player of the Week had himself a dominating performance, as he scored a game-high 30 points, on 12 of 19 shooting. He also tallied 17 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block.
The Dreamers bucked sluggish shooting from behind the arc, by attack the paint relentlessly. Without a lot of interior defense for the Heat, the Dreamers tallied 54 points in the paint, led by Bell and a big-time performance from teammate Jordan Tolbert. He registered a double-double performance of 20 points, 11 rebounds and also added one block. Tolbert took full advantage of the Heat’s struggles, and the Dreamers frontcourt made them pay.
The Dreamers raced out to an early lead, taking a 17-5 lead at the 4:23 mark behind a triple from Anthony Tucker. They wound up leading 29-15 in the first quarter, and would not relinquish the lead any further.
The woes of the Heat were further compounded, as Torian Graham had to exit the game in the second quarter because of an injury. He left at the 3:56 mark of the game with his team down 44-29, and wouldn’t return.
Formosa would pile it on, behind a relentless attack that included Jet Chang and Anthony Tucker penetrating relentlessly inside. The lead climbed to 30 points in the fourth quarter, behind a basket from Chang in the final three minutes of the game. He also scored on a basket entering the last two minutes, which bumped up the lead to 34 points, the biggest in the game, before eventually cruising to the victory on the road.
Chang was excellent for the Dreamers, notching 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, while Tucker was content to fill in the seams with a well-rounded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Heat were led by Thanh Tam Dinh off the bench, as he scored a season-high 19 points highlighted by 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. After scoring 45 points, Graham was held scoreless in Saigon, as he went 0/7 from the field in 13 minutes of action.
Bell had a so-so debut for the Heat, as he scored 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting, while Thompson chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds.
The Dreamers climb to .500, with a 6-6 record after their victory, while the Heat fall to 2-5 in the season. The Taiwan-based squad will have a long break, as they resume action on February 1, against the Kuala Lumpur Dragons. The Heat will travel to the Southorn Stadium to face Hong Kong Eastern on January 21.