The Yulon Dinos became the first team to score over 100 points this season in a dominating 112-83 win over YMY at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium on Saturday.
Despite the absence of starting point guard Chen Chih-chung and perimeter threat Chou Shih-yuan, the defending champions easily handled YMY by getting a strong performance from reserve guard Liu Shen-yao (18 points and two assists) and second-year power forward Lu Cheng-rue (15 points and two assists).
Both clubs began with a high-scoring first quarter, with the Dinos holding the edge, 27-23.
Unhappy with his team's defensive effort, Dinos coach Lee Yun-kuan switched to a half-court trapping defense in the second quarter, forcing five YMY turnovers while limiting YMY to just 11 points in the quarter.
Luo "The Natural" Hsin-liang took over the game with twelve points in a 28-point third quarter for YMY as it reduced the Dinos lead to ten heading into the fourth quarter.
But the Dinos then poured in 39 fourth-quarter points (a new league record for single-quarter scoring) to put the game away for good.
Six different Dinos left the game with double-digit scoring, led by Liu's 18.
Chiou Chi-yi also had 10 in his first start of the season.
A near non-existing defense harmed the YMY effort, despite the fact that four different players scored in double digits.
Bank of Taiwan 87, Hunters 80
Sound defense turned into the best offense for Bank of Taiwan as it ended 2005 on a high note, beating a flat Hunters club 87-80.
The high-pressure bankers' defense forced 11 first-half turnovers (21 for the game), many of which became easy fast-break points. The financiers deposited an eight-point lead (41-33) heading into the halftime break.
The second half of the game was basically a replay of the first half, with the bankers rushing the ball up the court.
In addition to outrunning their opponents, Bank of Taiwan also won the rebounding battle by a 44-37 margin, with several put-back baskets coming off their 17 rebounds off the offensive glass.
Power forward Lee Chi-yi lead the Hunters offense with 28 points.
Taiwan Beer 64, Antelopes 51
The ETTV Antelopes' bid to win two in a row hit a major roadblock in an ugly 64-51 loss to Taiwan Beer on New Year's Eve.
The brew crew was simply too fast and too sharp for the Antelopes.
Lin "The Beast" Chih-jeh continued his red-hot shooting for the beermen, draining three three-pointers in the first half en route to a 23-point night, as teammate Chen Shih-nian chipped in a dozen.