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April 2024
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Breakout performers to watch in Round 2

JAKARTA (Indonesia) - Round 1 of the Basketball Champions League Asia (BCL Asia) Qualifiers held earlier this month in Mongolia did not fall short in showcasing the quality of club competitions from some regions of the continent to a much wider audience.

That, of course, included various talents that impressed with their solid play, with some of them set to garner more attention after helping their teams qualify for Round 2, which will be held this week in the Indonesian capital. Here's a look at some who could explode again in Round 2!

Indra Muhamad

Prawira Harum Bandung

Indra Muhamad surprised many when he showcased his range to help Prawira Harum Bandung take down the NS Matrix Deers and book a spot in the Qualification to Round 2.

After scoring just a total of 3 points in their first two games, the 29-year-old fired 6-of-9 from rainbow country and finished with 20 points in 16 minutes as the reigning Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) champions took the 105-94 win to clinch the no. 2 seed in Group A.

Prawira eventually became one of the four teams to reach Round 2 of the Qualifiers in Jakarta set next week, and it will be interesting to see how Muhamad would be of help for the crew in achieving their goal of securing a ticket to the BCL Asia proper. Prawira were the leading three-point shooting team in Round 1 and if Muhamad can keep on making it rain, that could spell trouble for the remaining teams.

Reza Guntara

Pelita Jaya Basketball

Reza Guntara wasted no time introducing himself to the competition when he dropped 20 points on 5-of-6 clip from three-point range to lead Pelita Jaya Basketball past Hi-Tech Basketball Club, 105-94, for a triumphant start to their Qualifiers campaign.

It is the most points that he's scored thus far in a FIBA competition, which includes his appearances with the Indonesia national team over this past year.

The 28-year-old forward eventually finished with per-game averages of 11.3 points, 3,7 rebounds, and a block as he helped Pelita Jaya sweep their way to Round 2 (3-0).

Yuet Yeung Pok

Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team

Yuet Yueng Pok was a can't-miss presence for Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team back in Round 1, being their tallest player at 2.06 M (6'9"). But he's not just all about height.

The 23-year-old big man impressed right in their first outing, nearly tallying a double-double with 12 points on 5-of-9 field goal shooting and 8 rebounds to help the defending Hong Kong A1 Division champions to an 80-73 victory over the Deers.

Pok was key in Hong Kong Eastern clinching the no. 1 seed in Group A for a quick route to Round 2 with per-game norms of 7.3 points and 5.7 rebounds.

Taishaun Johnson

NS Matrix Deers

Taishaun Johnson did a little bit of everything to help NS Matrix get past Hi-Tech in a thrilling encounter and clinch the remaining ticket to the next round of the Qualifiers.

The 29-year-old finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block in 39 minutes as the Malaysian club escaped with the 96-93 win, which could be considered an upset since the Thai side finished as the no. 2 seed in Group B (2-1) while the Deers went 1-2 in Group A.

Johnson finished as one of Round 1's top scorers with 21.0 points, alongside 5.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game for NS Matrix, and he's definitely one of those expected to deliver once more for the defensive-oriented squad in Round 2.