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Bay Area Dragons Overcome Utsunomiya Brex in EASL Champions Week Showdown

The Dragons, guided by former Australia national team coach Brian Goorjian, keep alive their quest to earn a top-three finish in the EASL Champions Week.



EASL Champions Week
Bay Area Dragons guard Sedrick Barfield shoots a jumper over Shinji Takashima of the Utsunomiya Brex in an East Asia Super League game on March 3 at Nikkan Arena in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. (ⒸEASL)

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UTSUNOMIYA, Tochigi Pref. ― Coming off an eight-point loss to the Seoul SK Knights on the previous day in the EASL Champions Week, the Bay Area Dragons bounced back with a hard-fought, 96-90 win over the Utsunomiya Brex on Friday, March 3.

Andrew Nicholson had a game-best 26 points, Sedrick Barfield poured in 20 points in just under 23 minutes of court time and Myles Powell had 17 points for the Dragons, a first-year franchise.

Former Australia national team bench boss Brian Goorjian is guiding the upstart club, which is based in Hong Kong, but showed a glimpse of its potential as a guest team in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner's Cup Finals in December 2022 and this January. The Dragons earned a runner-up finish in the best-of-seven series.

Against the reigning B.League champion Brex, the Dragons took a 23-17 lead into the second quarter at Nikkan Arena in the East Asia Super League clash. Nicholson had 12 points in the opening period.


The visitors took a 35-24 lead on a Powell basket early in the second quarter.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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