The Formosa Taishin Dreamers yesterday ended their five-game losing streak, routing the Hsinchu JKO Lioneers 123-99 in Taichung.
The Dreamers are fifth in the six-team P.League+ standings with a 6-10 record, while the Lioneers are third with a 9-9 record.
Dreamers guard Ryan Lu led all scorers with 28 points, four rebounds, one assist and one block, while Lioneers center William Artino led his team with a double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds, three dimes and one block.
Lu, who went 7-for-12 from the three-point line, said after the game that the team had adjusted their offense during the Lunar New Year break, as they had struggled in that area in the first half of the season.
“There has been great improvement to the team’s energy,” Lu said. “I really want to thank the fans for coming to support us, even after we recorded our fifth consecutive loss.”
Making use of their home advantage at the Taichung Intercontinental Basketball Stadium, the Dreamers controlled the tempo of the game, taking a double-digit 37-25 lead at the end of the first quarter, before finishing the first half with a 12-point lead at 70-58.
The Dreamers widened their lead to 99-73 at the end of the third quarter. A dagger from guard Jason Wang took the score to 120-97 with 1 minute, 9 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Another bucket from Dreamers guard Wu Sung-wei and a layup by Lioneers guard Chiang Kuang-chien saw the final score reach 123-99.
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