TERRIFIC 12: Speights' Long Lions eliminate Ratliffe's Mobis Phoebus
Paul Lintag on Sep 19, 2018 08:03 PM
Mo Speights and the Guangzhou Long Lions move on to the Terrific 12 semifinals at the expense of Ricardo Ratliffe's Mobis Phoebus. (Asia League photo via Power Sport Images)
MACAU --- Guangzhou wins the best game of the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament so far.
The Long Lions, winner of the 2018 Super 8 joust, pulled off a sensational 98-97 overtime victory over South Korea's Mobis Phoebus Wednesday at the Studio City Event Center here.
Both teams traded double-digit leads throughout the game but it was Mobis Phoebus that was in position to take the decision late in regulation.
However, Mo Speights fired a booming triple with a minute to go in regulation, forcing an 89-all tie.
Come overtime, Kyle Fogg scored another triple for Guangzhou, giving them a 92-89 lead. The Long Lions would protect that lead, walking away with the win after Shannon Shorter's game-winner for Mobis Phoebus missed.
Fogg's scoring exploits in the Terrific 12 continued, scoring 34 points while Speights 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Long Lions.
Shorter led Mobis Phoebus with 38 points and 14 rebounds while Ricardo Ratliffe fired 37 points and 16 boards in a losing effort.
The win pushed Guangzhou to a 2-0 mark, sweeping Group B and therefore advancing to the semifinals outright. Mobis Phoebus (0-1) will face the Chiba Jets (0-1) for some sort of consolation victory Thursday.
In other results, the debuting Zhejiang Guangsha Lions survived Taipei's Yulon Dinos, 96-94.
The loss eliminated the Dinos (0-2) from the tournament and it set up a do-or-die game between the Lions and Japan's Nagoya Diamond Dolphins Thursday. The winner improves to 2-0 in Group A and will move on to the semifinals this weekend.
Ioannis Bourousis put up a monster effort of 32 points and 14 rebounds to power the Lions while Lin Chih-Chieh added another 14 points and seven boards.
Five players scored in double figures for the Dinos in a total team effort. Reigning SBL MVP Lu Cheng-Ju fired 19 points while Shaquille Hines added 18.
Meanwhile, Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings also got a semifinal berth Wednesday after beating the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, 74-59. The Seoul Samsung Thunders were the third team to clinch a semis seat, dominating the Shandong Golden Stars, 85-73.
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