October 18, 2023 – National Taiwan University Sports Center, Taipei, Chinese Taipei
After a slow start, Chiba Jets clawed back from 15 points down to finish an epic comeback off Yuki Togashi’s game-high 38 points.
- Captain Yuki leads the charge in extraordinary comeback
Chiba Jets and Japan National Team captain Yuki Togashi had a rough first half, recording just six points in the first 20 minutes. Togashi caught fire in the second half, hitting 10 points in the third, and 16 points in the fourth to get his team into overtime.
Tied at 79 late in overtime, Togashi pulled-up with a one-legged three to give the Jets the victory. He finished with a game-high 38 points, hitting nine treys, adding seven assists and five rebounds.
- Chiba Jets have early engine trouble, take off in the second half
The Jets are playing their sixth game in 11 days and their fatigue showed early. The team hit just 10 of 37 shots in the first half for 27 percent from the field, and trailed 42-29 at halftime.
Chiba rallied in the second half, outscoring their opponents 45-32 to send the game to overtime.
- Michael Singletary’s Brave heart fell short
On the other side, Taipei Fubon Braves led for most of the game in front of a full house, with Michael Singletary hitting huge shots throughout the game, including a game-tying three late in the fourth to send the game into overtime.
Singletary finished with a team-high 29 points and a game-high 18 rebounds.
Player of the Game: Yuki Togashi, Chiba Jets
Yuki Togashi had a terrible Game 1 against TNT Tropang Giga, failing to hit a single shot on five attempts.
He bounced back in epic fashion against the Braves, recording a game-high 38 points, including nine three-pointers, leading his team to 2-0 in the EASL 2023-24 Season.
Togashi has been lighting it up in domestically as well, averaging 22.8 points in four games this season, good for second in the league.
Stats of the day
Taipei Fubon Braves held the lead most of the game, just over 37 minutes. Chiba Jets only led for five minutes and five seconds the entire game, but came out on top when it mattered most.
Quotes of the day
Chiba Jets Head Coach John Patrick
On the team being fatigued after playing their sixth game in 11 days:
"I think it could, but we’re missing a bunch of guys and it’s a great chance for our young guys to get some playing time ... I have to be patient because some of the guys haven’t really played at this level before.”
Taipei Fubon Braves Head Coach Hsu Chin-Che
On Chiba Jets’ three-point shooting
“We know Chiba is a great three-point shooting team. They shoot at a high volume, so our first goal is to lower that frequency, lower their overall percentage."
Taipei Fubon Braves: away vs. Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters (October 25)
Chiba Jets: away vs. TNT Tropang Giga (November 1)