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Taipei tops Hong Kong in ASEAN basketball league

2019/11/30 22:19:09

Hong Kong center Michael Holyfield (left) and Taipei center Gursimran-Sing Bhullar (right) / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves

Taipei, Nov. 30 (CNA) The Taipei Fubon Braves started slowly but eventually blew past Hong Kong Eastern 102-89 in Taipei on Saturday to improve their record to 3-1 in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

The Braves trailed for much of the first half, falling behind 37-30 as American forward George Kell landed bucket after bucket for the team from Hong Kong.

But the Taipei team suddenly woke up, running off 10 straight points, culminating in a lay-up by forward Lin Meng-Hsueh (林孟學) and a three-pointer by former NBA star O.J. Mayo to give the Braves a 40-37 lead with around eight minutes left in the half.

Lin Meng-Hsueh goes for a jump-shot / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves

Lin Meng-Hsueh boxing out in the paint / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves

The Braves never looked back after that and widened their lead to 98-84 with just under two minutes after a lay-up by Canadian center Gursimran-Sing Bhullar.

Kell led all scorers with 37 points, followed by Mayo's 27, and Hong Kong's 6-foot-11-inch center Michael Holyfield had the most rebounds of any player with 15.

O.J. Mayo goes for a jump-shot / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves

Fubon moved into second in the ABL standings while Hong Kong stayed at the bottom of the table with an 0-2 record.

The Braves were part of Taiwan's semi-professional Super Basketball League from 2014 to 2019 and won the league championship in its final season in the SBL in May before starting in the ABL this season.

It is one of two Taiwanese teams in the ABL, the other being the Formosa Dreamers. The Dreamers have played in the ABL since 2017.

The ABL 2019-2020 season began on Nov. 16 with 10 teams from East and Southeast Asia competing for the title. The regular season runs until March 29, 2020.

Taipei Fubon Braves takes a photo with fans / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves

(By William Yen)
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