EASL: Carl Tamayo, Ryukyu outplays Juan Gomez De Liano, Seoul SK

Carl Tamayo scored his first EASL win of the season at the expense of his fellow former UP King Maroon Juan Gomez De Liano. EASL
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Ryukyu escaped Seoul SK, 80-79, in the Group B opener of the EASL on Wednesday night at the Okinawa Arena.

Vic Law scored the game-winning and-1 play with 24 seconds left as the Golden Kings, defending B.League champions, outlasted the Knights.

Jameel Warney could have won the game for Seoul SK, but he missed back-to-back baskets as time was winding down.

Keita Imamura led the Golden Kings with 18 points on 6-for-11 field goals including 4-of-6 from long range, two rebounds, and two assists.

Law added 14 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists, while Alex Kirk had 13 points, 12 rebounds, and one block.

Warney carried the fight for the Knights with 39 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

In the battle between former UP King Maroons, Carl Tamayo, who had seven points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal, got the last laugh over Juan Gomez De Liano, who tallied nine points, three rebounds, four assists, and three steals but was 0-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Chiba moved up to 2-0 in Group A play after beating Taipei Fubon in overtime, 85-82, at the NTU Sports Center in the Taiwanese capital.

Yuki Togashi hit the game-winner just before the final buzzer as the Jets completed a second-half domination wherein they outscored the Braves, 56-40, after the home side raced to a 42-29 halftime lead.

Togashi finished with 38 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the three-point area, five rebounds, and seven assists for Chiba, which traveled to Taipei with only 10 active players.

Justyn Mutts added 21 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while DJ Stephens had 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, five blocks, and three steals.

Mike Singletary had 29 points on five triples, 18 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block, while Sedrick Barefield added 19 points, three rebounds, four assists, and four steals for Taipei Fubon, which tied TNT at the bottom at 0-1.

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