October 25, 2023 – Anyang Gymnasium, Anyang, Korea
Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters led from beginning to end in their Group A matchup this evening against Taipei Fubon Braves. Jung Kwan Jang’s powerful performance brought back memories of their dominance at EASL Champions Week earlier this year.
- No Spellman, no problem
The Red Boosters are missing their star big man, Omari Spellman, through injury. The starting roster tonight were able to pick up the slack. All five starters scored in double figures, led by EASL Player of the Game Bae Byung Jun with a game-high 18 points.
- Anyang get a boost from beyond the arc
Jung Kwan Jang were hot from deep, going 12 of 25 from three. Bae led the charge with six threes, hitting five of seven treys in the first half.
Six players from Anyang recorded a three in the game.
- Defensive breakdowns cost Fubon
On the other side, Taipei Fubon Braves had a frustrating day on the defensive end, allowing the Red Boosters to shoot over 55 percent from the field.
The Braves often gave Jung Kwan Jang wide-open looks and free lanes, and the Korean-side capitalized. Even off missed shots, Taipei allowed Anyang to score 15 second chance points.
EASL Player of the Game: Bae Byung Jun, Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters
Sharpshooter Bae Byung Jun had a field day beyond the arc, going six of 11 en route to an 18-point effort. Bae also added two rebounds and two assists to his line.
Bae was an integral part of Jung Kwan Jang’s win at EASL Champions Week in March. He averaged 12.3 points off the bench in three games in the tournament.
The 33-year-old guard has cemented himself in the starting lineup and will be a big part of Jung Kwan Jang’s quest to defend their EASL title.
Stats of the day
The Red Boosters were dominant on the glass on Wednesday, outrebounding the Braves 41-27. The team recorded 13 offensive boards and scored 15 second chance points off them.
The defending EASL champions were led by Darryl Monroe, who recorded a game-high nine rebounds.
Quotes of the day
EASL Player of the Game: Jung Kwan Jang Guard Bae Byung Jun
On what worked in the victory over Taipei Fubon Braves:
"Our offense isn’t relying on just one player. We wanted everybody to score and everybody to get the ball. And today, in a transition situation, we moved the ball well. We attacked how we wanted to, and that’s how we got a good victory.”
On his confidence in Anyang defending their EASL title:
“If we can play like today, why not? I think that if we can play like today, we can bring back the championship again this year.”
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Taipei Fubon Braves: home vs. TNT Tropang Giga (November 15)