Taipei Fubon Braves lose game two in ASEAN Basketball League
Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Taipei Fubon Braves narrowly lost their second game in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Sunday, falling 90-91 on their home court to the visiting Kuala Lumpur Dragons.
The Braves were down from the opening moments of the first period when imported American forward Amir Bell made the first basket for the Dragons with a lay-up at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium.
However, through a series of carefully selected plays, the Taipei team were quick to retake the lead 13-12 with around four and half minutes left in the first period.
A combination of what some have suggested is the best trio of imports in the league, former NBA player Canadian center Gursimran-Sing Bhullar, NBA veteran American forward O.J. Mayo, and American forward Charles Garcia, grabbed the boards and worked the paint to give the Braves a 27-20 lead at the end of the first period.
Gursimran-Sing Bhullar (right) / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves
Charles Garcia / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves
O.J. Mayo (left) / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves
The Dragons fought back hard in the second period, with Amir Bell scoring 13 points to lead his team to trail the Braves by a single point at 49-48.
The Malaysian offensive continued into the third period and established a 10 point lead over the Braves with just under two minutes left in the period.
Feeling the pressure, the Braves started to find momentum when Garcia converted a running spin lay-up for a three-point play to make the score 68-75.
Despite the fatigue from Saturday's opening win against the Macau Black Bears, the Braves stepped up their game, including a 75-75 equalizer from downtown by Mayo.
The stellar individual performances from the champions of the Taiwanese domestic league excited the crowd, but a lack of communication among the players saw them fall behind 84-89 with just 50 seconds left in the game.
Making a final offensive, Taiwan national team guard Lin Chih-chieh (林志傑) drove past Dragon defenses and pocketed a three-point play to bring the score to 87-89.
However, the winning lay-up was by Dragons import American forward Terrel Davis, who widened the scoreboard to a four-point deficit, which proved too much to chase after a three-point jump shot by Garcia that saw the game end 90-91 to the Dragons.
Lin Chih-chieh (林志傑, left) / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves
Fubon Braves and Kuala Lumpur Dragons box out in the paint / Photo courtesy of Taipei Fubon Braves
The Fubon Braves are one of two Taiwanese teams in the ABL this season, the other being the Formosa Dreamers. The Dreamers have played in the ABL since 2017.
The ABL 2019-2020 season began Saturday with 10 teams from East and Southeast Asia competing for the title.
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