TERRIFIC 12: Abudurexiti clutch as Xinjiang survives fighting iECO
Paul Lintag on Sep 20, 2018 09:02 PM
Abudushalamu Aburexiti and the Xinjiang Flying Tigers hold off the fighting iECO Green Warriors in the Terrific 12. (Asia League photo via Power Sport Images)
MACAU --- Locals come to the rescue of Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
Wang Zirui and Abudushalamu Aburexiti scored key baskets late as the Flying Tigers managed to hold off the fighting iECO Green Warriors, 107-103, Thursday at the Studio City Event Center for the Asia League's the Terrific 12 tournament.
Down by as many as 15 points in the third period, iECO tried to steal the game in the fourth behind a total team effort.
Tiras Wade scored a putback to put the Green Warriors ahead for the first time since the second quarter, 96-95, and Gab Banal added three straight points to put the Filipino up four with 4:40 to go.
However, Wang drained a cold-blooded triple at the two-minute mark as Xinjiang got the advantage again, 102-101.
With the Green Warriors looking to force a stop late, Abudurexiti scored a clutch follow up with 12 seconds to go for the game's final score.
"Great effort from my guys," head coach Ariel Vanguardia said.
"Today we displayed that we can compete and I am proud of the effort of my players," he added.
The game was pretty much even all throughout with Xinjiang only pulling ahead because of the scoring exploits of import Darius Adams.
Adams finished with 45 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. With Al Jefferson out, Adams already had 27 by halftime and 39 through three quarters.
Abudurexiti was good for 19 and 11 boards while Wang added 14 on 71 percent shooting.
Tiras Wade, who came in on short notice to replace the injured Richard Howell, led iECO with 24 points and 14 rebouds. Sam Logwood connected on 11 free throws for 21 points.
Joshua Munzon and Gab Banal finished with 16 points each for the Green Warriors.
Xinjiang 107 - Adams 45, Abudushalamu 19, Wang 14, Chou 9, Makam 9, Fan 6, Liu 4, Zeng 1, Jiang 0.
iECO 103 - Wade 24, Logwood 21, Banal 16, Munzon 16, Scharer 8, Salem 8, Cruz 6, Sena 2, Reyes 2, Dennison 0, Porter 0, Toth 0.
Quarters: 27-27, 61-54, 87-78, 107-103.
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