Game Notes: Group A – Taipei Fubon Braves (1-4) vs. Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (3-2)

February 6, 2024

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Game Notes: Group A – Taipei Fubon Braves (1-4) vs. Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (3-2)
Game Notes: Group A – Taipei Fubon Braves (1-4) vs. Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (3-2)

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Fubon looks to move out of Group A basement with a win

February 7, 2024 – Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium, Taipei

Storylines:

  1. Can a consolation game jumpstart Fubon domestically?

While this game may not impact the EASL standings, the Taipei Fubon Braves will look to use it to spark the team’s season.

The three-time defending P. LEAGUE+ champions have not performed to their usual dominant standards this season.

Sporting a mediocre 10-9 record domestically, the team is currently third in the P. LEAGUE+ standings, trailing their EASL rivals the New Taipei Kings and the Formosa Dreamers.

Dating back to December 17, they have lost eight of their last 14 games in EASL and P. LEAGUE+ combined, including defeats to the Group A basement dwellers TNT Tropang Giga and the Group A leaders the Chiba Jets.

The Braves still have 22 P. LEAGUE+ games to go after their clash with Jung Kwan Jang. Can a strong performance help rally a turnaround for the champions of Chinese Taipei?

  1. Jung Kwan Jang needs a spark too

The Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters were extremely strong last season, winning the EASL Champions Week while also taking home the KBL crown.

This season is a different story.

After starting this season with an impressive 10-4 record in the EASL and the KBL combined, Anyang has won just six of their following 29 games since November 24.

Two of their six wins came against TNT Tropang Giga in EASL.

Jung Kwan Jang has already booked a ticket to the Final Four in Cebu, Philippines in March. But the team could do with more wins to build momentum.

Beating the Braves on Wednesday would help.

  1. Carter wins EASL Player of the Month in January

Jung Kwan Jang forward Robert Carter Jr. was named EASL’s January Player of the Month.

Carter has been a focal point in the Red Boosters’ offense since joining the team as a replacement for EASL Champions Week MVP Omari Spellman. Spellman left the team in December following a series of poor performances and injuries.

In the two EASL games Carter played in January, he averaged 24.5 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded 4.5 assists per game, helping Anyang book a ticket to the Final Four.

Jung Kwan Jang will continue to rely on their big man if they want to make it deep into the Final Four.

Players to Watch

Taipei Fubon Braves (Chinese Taipei: P. LEAGUE)

#5 Chris Johnson – PF

- USA NCAA Division 1: Louisiana State (2005-2009)

  • 2009 SEC All-Defensive Team

- Former NBA player (Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves)

  • NBA career stats: 71 games – 2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg

- Former NBA D League player (Dakota Wizards, Santa Cruz Warriors)

  • 2011 All-NBA D-League First Team
  • 2011 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2011 NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team
  • 2011 NBA D-League All-Star

- Chinese Taipei: P. LEAGUE+ - Taipei Fubon Braves

  • 3x P. LEAGUE+ champion (Taipei Fubon Braves: 2021, 2022, 2023)

- EASL 2023-24 Season stats:

  • 22.0 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 bpg

- 2023-24 P. LEAGUE+ season stats:

  • 18.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.6 apg

#17 Michael Singletary – PF

- USA NCAA Division 1: Texas Tech (2007-2011)

- Former NBA D League player (Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Erie Bayhawks)

  • 2013 NBA D-League champion (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)

- Chinese Taipei: P. LEAGUE+ - Taipei Fubon Braves

  • 3× P. LEAGUE+ champion (2021, 2022, 2023)
  • 2× P. LEAGUE+ Finals MVP (2021, 2022)

- Thailand League: Mono Vampire

  • 2017 Thailand League champion
  • 2017 Thailand League MVP
  • 2x Thailand Basketball Super League (2017, 2018)
  • 2018 Thailand Basketball Super League MVP

- Italy: Serie A2 - Basket Ravenna Piero Manetti

  • 2015 Serie A2 Basket All-Star

- EASL 2023-24 Season stats:

  • 27.5 ppg, 14.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.0 spg

- 2023-24 P. LEAGUE+ season stats:

  • 21.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.4 spg

#2 Sedrick Barefield – PG

- USA NCAA Division 1: SMU (2015-16), Utah (2016-19)

  • 2019 First-Team All-Pac 12 (Utah)

- Former NBA G League player (Oklahoma City Blue)

- Previous teams played:

  • Lithuania (LKL: Nevėžis Kėdainiai)
  • Greece (GBL: Apollon Patras)
  • Chinese Taipei (T1 League: Tainan TSG GhostHawks)
  • EASL (Bay Area Dragons)
  • Guinea (BAL: SLAC)

- EASL 2023-24 Season stats:

  • 17.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.4 apg

- 2023-24 P. LEAGUE+ season stats:

  • 6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg

Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (South Korea: KBL)

#4 Robert Carter Jr. – PF

- USA NCAA Division I: Georgia Tech (2012-14); Maryland (2015-16)

- Career team history:

  • Italy: Serie A – Enel Brindisi (2016-17)
  • Lithuania: LKL – Lietuvos rytas (2017)
  • Turkey: TBL – Gaziantep Basketbol (2017-18)
  • Turkey: TBSL – Afyon Belediye S.K. (2018-19)
  • Japan: B.LEAGUE – Shimane Susanoo Magic (2019-20); Yokohama B-Corsairs (2020-21); San-en NeoPhoenix (2021-22)
  • Israel: BSL – Bnei Herzliya (2022-23)
  • South Korea: KBL – Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (2023-)

- EASL 2023-24 Season stats:

  • 24.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.5 apg

- 2023-24 KBL season stats:

  • 19.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.4 apg

#99 Jamil Wilson – SF

- USA NCAA Division I: Oregon (2009-10); Marquette (2011-14)

- Former NBA player (Los Angeles Clippers)

  • NBA career stats: 7.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 10 starts

- Former NBA D-League/G League player (Bakersfield Jam, Texas Legends, Agua Caliente Clippers, Fort Wayne Mad Ants)

- Career team history:

  • Puerto Rico: BSN – Cangrejeros de Santurce (2016); Piratas de Quebradillas (2022); Vaqueros de Bayamón (2023); Leones de Ponce (2023);
  • Italy: Serie A - Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino (2016-17, 2018-19); Virtus Segafredo Bologna (2018); Virtus Roma (2020)
  • Russia: VTB United League - UNICS Kazan (2019-20)
  • Israel: BSL – Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. (2020-21); Liga Leumit – Maccabi Rishon Lezion (2021-22)
  • Mexico: LNBP – Plateros de Fresnillo (2022, 2023)
  • Lithuania: LKL – Labas GAS (2022-23)
  • Venezuela: SPB – Guaros de Lara (2023)
  • Philippines: PBA – Converge FiberXers (2023-24)
  • South Korea: KBL – Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (2024-)

- EASL 2023-24 Season stats:

  • 15.0 ppg, 14.0 rpg, 4.0 apg

- 2023-24 KBL season stats:

  • 9.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg

#6 Park Ji Hoon – PG

- University: Chung-Ang University

  • Korea: 2nd in KUSF Scoring (2017)

- South Korea: KBL

  • 2016 KBL Draft: 6th overall pick (Busan KT Sonicboom)
  • Korea: 2x KBL Champion (Anyang KGC: 2020-21, 2022-23)

- South Korea National Basketball Team

  • 39th Lee Sang Baek Cup Korea x Japan University Basketball Tournament National Team
  • 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade men's Basketball Team

- EASL 2023-24 Season stats:

  • 9.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.8 apg

- 2023-24 KBL season stats:

  • 12.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apg

By the Numbers

Taipei Fubon Braves (Chinese Taipei – P. LEAGUE+)

- Team History:

  • Founded: 1982
  • 3x P. LEAGUE+ Championships (2021, 2022, 2023)
  • 1x SBL Championship (2019)

- 2023 P. LEAGUE+ Champions

  • Regular Season: 25-15 record, 2nd in P. LEAGUE+
  • Playoffs: defeated Taoyuan Pauian Pilots 3-0 in semifinals; defeated New Taipei Kings 4-2 in finals

- EASL 2023-24 Season record: 1-4

  • October 18, 2023: 82-85 loss against Chiba Jets (B.LEAGUE)
  • October 25, 2023: 98-77 loss against Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (KBL)
  • November 15, 2023: 106-97 win over TNT Tropang Giga (PBA)
  • December 20, 2023: 80-69 loss against TNT Tropang Giga (PBA)
  • December 27, 2023: 76-60 loss against Chiba Jets (B.LEAGUE)

- EASL 2023-24 Season stat leaders:

  • Points: Michael Singletary – 27.5 ppg
  • Rebounds: Michael Singletary – 14.0 rpg
  • Assists: Michael Singletary – 5.0 apg
  • Steals: 3 players – 2.0 spg
  • Blocks: Chris Johnson – 1.7 bpg

- EASL 2023-24 Season upcoming games:

  • Home vs. Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (KBL) – February 7, 2024

- EASL History:

  • 2023 EASL Champions Week: Braves went 0-2, losing to KBL side Anyang KGC and B.LEAGUE side Ryukyu Golden Kings
  • 2018 Terrific 12 (an EASL competition): Braves went 1-1, defeating CBA side Shandong Golden Stars and losing to KBL side Seoul Samsung Thunders

- 2023-24 P. LEAGUE+ Season record: 10-9

  • November 11, 2023: 89-96 loss against New Taipei Kings
  • November 12, 2023: 115-94 win over Kaohsiung 17LIVE Steelers
  • November 19, 2023: 89-86 loss against Formosa Dreamers
  • November 26, 2023: 99-84 win over Hsinchu Lioneers
  • December 2, 2023: 90-76 loss against Formosa Dreamers
  • December 9, 2023: 93-80 win over Kaohsiung 17LIVE Steelers
  • December 16, 2023: 111-104 win over Kaohsiung 17LIVE Steelers
  • December 17, 2023: 103-102 loss against Hsinchu Lioneers
  • December 23, 2023: 111-106 loss against New Taipei Kings
  • December 31, 2023: 104-96 win over New Taipei Kings
  • January 7, 2024: 100-71 loss against Taoyuan Pauian Pilots
  • January 9, 2024: 96-87 loss against Taoyuan Pauian Pilots
  • January 14, 2024: 94-84 win over Formosa Dreamers
  • January 20, 2024: 77-72 loss against Hsinchu Lioneers
  • January 27, 2024: 103-98 win over Formosa Dreamers
  • January 28, 2024: 106-83 win over Taoyuan Pauian Pilots
  • January 31, 2024: 111-104 win over Formosa Dreamers
  • February 3, 2024: 90-89 loss against Kaohsiung 17LIVE Steelers
  • February 4, 2024: 109-103 win over Hsinchu Lioneers

- 2023-24 P. LEAGUE+ season stat leaders:

  • Points: Michael Singletary – 21.2 ppg
  • Rebounds: Stephen Zimmerman – 10.0 rpg
  • Assists: Michael Singletary – 4.5 apg
  • Steals: Lai Ting-En – 1.7 spg
  • Blocks: Justin Patton – 1.0 bpg

Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (South Korea – KBL)

- Team History:

  • Founded: 1992
  • EASL Champions Week Champions (2023)
  • 4x KBL Champions (2011-12, 2016-17, 2020-21, 2022-23)

- 2023 KBL Champions

  • Regular Season: 37-17 record, 1st in KBL
  • Playoffs: defeated Goyang Day One Jumpers 3-1 in semifinals; defeated Seoul SK Knights 4-3 in Finals

- EASL 2023-24 Season record: 3-2

  • October 25, 2023: 98-77 win over Taipei Fubon Braves (P. LEAGUE+)
  • December 6, 2023: 105-97 win over TNT Tropang Giga (PBA)
  • December 13, 2023: 102-69 loss against Chiba Jets (B.LEAGUE)
  • January 10, 2024: 115-98 loss against Chiba Jets (B.LEAGUE)
  • January 24, 2024: 88-76 win over TNT Tropang Giga (PBA)

- EASL 2023-24 Season stat leaders:

  • Points: Robert Carter Jr. – 24.5 ppg
  • Rebounds: Jamil Wilson – 14.0 rpg
  • Assists: Park Ji Hoon – 5.8 apg
  • Steals: Park Ji Hoon – 1.2 spg
  • Blocks: Jamil Wilson – 3.0 bpg

- EASL 2023-24 Season upcoming games:

  • Away vs. Taipei Fubon Braves (P. LEAGUE+) – February 7, 2024

- EASL History:

  • 2023 EASL Champions Week: Braves went 3-0, defeating P. LEAGUE+ side Taipei Fubon Braves 94-69 and PBA side San Miguel Beermen 142-87 in the Group Stage. KGC defeated Seoul SK Knights 90-84 in the Final to win EASL Champions Week.

- 2023-24 KBL season record: 13-25

  • October 21, 2023: 89-74 loss against Seoul SK Knights
  • October 28, 2023: 63-59 win over Suwon KT Sonicboom
  • October 31, 2023: 86-75 loss against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus
  • November 2, 2023: 96-74 win over Seoul Samsung Thunders
  • November 4, 2023: 84-82 loss against Goyang Sono Skygunners
  • November 5, 2023: 91-80 win over Daegu KOGAS Pegasus
  • November 7, 2023: 74-72 win over Busan KCC Egis
  • November 10, 2023: 99-94 win over Wonju DB Promy
  • November 12, 2023: 85-71 win over Changwon LG Sakers
  • November 14, 2023: 81-63 win over Seoul Samsung Thunders
  • November 17, 2023: 106-77 loss against Changwon LG Sakers
  • November 19, 2023: 84-74 win over Busan KCC Egis
  • November 21, 2023: 98-93 win over Daegu KOGAS Pegasus
  • November 24, 2023: 94-85 loss against Suwon KT Sonicboom
  • November 26, 2023: 97-80 loss against Wonju DB Promy
  • November 28, 2023: 86-82 loss against Goyang Sono Skygunners
  • December 1, 2023: 108-77 loss against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus
  • December 3, 2023: 85-71 loss against Seoul SK Knights
  • December 9, 2023: 93-78 loss against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus
  • December 10, 2023: 88-83 loss against Wonju DB Promy
  • December 16, 2023: 84-75 win over Seoul Samsung Thunders
  • December 18, 2023: 91-80 loss against Daegu KOGAS Pegasus
  • December 22, 2023: 104-75 loss against Busan KCC Egis
  • December 24, 2023: 113-85 loss against Suwon KT Sonicboom
  • December 26, 2023: 94-75 loss against Changwon LG Sakers
  • December 28, 2023: 85-81 loss against Goyang Sono Skygunners
  • December 30, 2023: 86-68 loss against Seoul SK Knights
  • December 31, 2023: 93-86 loss against Wonju DB Promy
  • January 2, 2024: 84-80 win over Changwon LG Sakers
  • January 4, 2024: 81-70 loss against Daegu KOGAS Pegasus
  • January 7, 2024: 83-71 loss against Seoul SK Knights
  • January 17, 2024: 93-86 loss against Goyang Sono Skygunners
  • January 19, 2024: 86-77 win over Seoul Samsung Thunders
  • January 21, 2024: 114-90 win over Ulsan Hyundai Mobis Phoebus
  • January 27, 2024: 94-78 loss against Suwon KT Sonicboom
  • January 29, 2024: 108-99 loss against Busan KCC Egis
  • February 2, 2024: 81-75 loss against Busan KCC Egis
  • February 4, 2024: 99-84 loss against Wonju DB Promy

- 2023-24 KBL season stat leaders:

  • Points: Robert Carter Jr. – 19.5 ppg
  • Rebounds: Robert Carter Jr. – 8.8 rpg
  • Assists: Choi Seong Won – 4.3 apg
  • Steals: Robert Carter Jr. & Park Ji Hoon – 1.3 spg
  • Blocks: Rhenz Abando – 0.9 bpg

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