Asia League Super 8: NLEX and Blackwater open tourney with wins

Press release from Asia League

NLEX Road Warriors 94 – Formosa Dreamers 68

In the opening match of Summer Super 8 held at Macao East Asian Games Dome, the NLEX Road Warriors from the Philippines took on the Formosa Dreamers from Chinese Taipei, led by Lee Hsueh Lin, former CBA Finals MVP. The Road Warriors offensive firepower was too much for the Dreamers and they fell by a score of 94 to 68. The Dreamers roster is full of young college players and still has room to improve; the NLEX Road Warriors, on the other hand, have strong centers and several experienced professionals.

Blackwater Elite 78 – Seoul Samsung Thunders 67

The next match featured the Blackwater Elite from the Philippines and the Seoul Samsung Thunders from South Korea. The two got off to a fast start, continuing to battle fiercely throughout the match. Blackwater Elite have a massive advantage in the paint with their skilled big men, which helped them get off to a 7-0 start.

The height of the starting center for the Samsung Thunders is only 1.99 meters, and their lack of height proved to be a disadvantage throughout the game. Samsung Thunders fans had hopes that their 3-pointer prowess would give the Thunders an edge, but none of their last ten attempts found their mark. Blackwater Elite won the match by a score of 78-67.