P. LEAGUE+ & T1 LEAGUE/Taipei Braves rout Hsinchu Lioneers in Game 2 of P. LEAGUE+ finals

06/21/2022 11:23 AM
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Braves guard Jet Chang (right). Photo courtesy of P. LEAGUE+
Braves guard Jet Chang (right). Photo courtesy of P. LEAGUE+

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) The defending champions Taipei Fubon Braves routed the Hsinchu Jko Lioneers by over 20 points in Game 2 of the finals of Taiwan's P. LEAGUE+ professional basketball league to tie the series 1-1.

The Braves, winners of the league's 2020-2021 inaugural season, overpowered the Lioneers 102-81 in the second game of their best-of-seven final series that was played at Hsinchu County Stadium in front of a packed home crowd of 7,200 on Monday night.

Leading for most of the game, the Braves were able to establish a comfortable lead of 62-41 by halftime. Dominating in rebounds and shooting, the Taipei-based team charged ahead and never looked back to pocket the win.

Last season's finals MVP Braves forward Mike Singletary led all scorers with a double-double of 33 points and 18 rebounds, including shooting 5-5 from the free throw line.

Lioneers center Sim Bhullar, the league's MVP for the month of April, led his team by answering back with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Braves forward Mike Singletary. Photo courtesy of P. LEAGUE+
Braves forward Mike Singletary. Photo courtesy of P. LEAGUE+

After the game, Singletary said his team made every effort to keep up both their defense and offense because their opponents are a very good team that was looking for opportunities to turn the tables.

"Tonight, we kind of wanted to put a stranglehold on the game, take care of business, not let them come back, because they are a good team over there and they'll keep fighting until the end," Singletary said.

What Singletary said was exactly what the Braves needed to do as the Lioneers pulled off a 102-101 comeback win against the Braves in Game 1 on Saturday.

Known as one of the most prolific players in the league, Singletary said the finals is when he needs to step up and lead.

"It's the finals, this is the time we all dream about playing as kids, playing for a championship, playing for a trophy, playing for your team, and playing for your fans," Singletary said.

With the series tied at one win apiece, the finals will continue with Game 3 at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium on Thursday.

(By William Yen)

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