TERRIFIC 12: Mbala scores game-winner as Seoul Thunders beat Taipei's Braves
Paul Lintag on Sep 18, 2018 06:50 PM
Tied at 82 with 23 seconds to go, Samsung handed the ball to Glenn Cosey who broke down the Fubon defense before handing the rock to Ben Mbala who easily scored the uncontested layup for the win. (Asia League photo via Power Sport Images)
MACAU --- Big Ben makes his presence felt for the KBL's Seoul Samsung Thunders.
Ben Mbala scored a wide-open layup as time expired Tuesday at the Studio City Event Center here, helping the Thunders take a pulsating 84-82 victory over Taipei's Fubon Braves in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament.
Tied at 82 with 23 seconds to go, Samsung handed the ball to Glenn Cosey who broke down the Fubon defense before handing the rock to Mbala who easily scored the uncontested layup for the win.
The Thunders lost an early 14-point lead to the Braves before recovering to steal the victory in the end.
Cosey took over in the fourth, scoring timely baskets as Seoul completed its comeback to tie things up. He scored 27 points on 64 percent shooting to go along with seven assists.
Mbala, playing his first major tournament with the Thunders after previous international stints in Mexico and France, made good account of himself, firing 22 points and grabbing 11 boards.
The Thunders lone local scorer was Lee Gwan Hee with 14 markers.
"It wasn't a satisfying game but we ended up getting the W in the end so that's the good part, " head coach Lee Sang-min said via a translator.
"But I'm still not satisfied," he added.
It was quite the heartbreaker for the Braves, who fired a 21-9 run in the second quarter to take control of the game.
Shaquille Keith led Fubon with 23 points but he fouled out, giving Samsung the opportunity to comeback.
Former PBA import Daniel Orton and Joseph Lin, the younger brother of Jeremy Lin, each added 16 points for the Braves.
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