Ou Yang Jin-heng played the game of his life by sinking seven three-pointers, six of which came during the game-turning fourth quarter to lead the Dmedia Numen past the previously unbeaten Dacin Tigers in a 96-90 overtime win at the Taipei County Sports Complex in Sinjhuang on Sunday evening.
The veteran forward whose first four seasons had been considered disappointing for the most part with a club that had undergone three different ownership changes, finally broke loose with four threes in the fourth, highlighted by a desperation shot that banked off the backboard to force the game into overtime, was the man of the hour as the Numen won both games of the week to improve to 3-1 for the season.
"I guess I just got hot in a hurry," the soft-spoken Numen captain explained after the game about his 30-point outburst on a career night.
Also starring was the ever-reliable American forward Jonathan Sanders who racked up his usual 21 points and 17 rebounds in his fourth straight double-double outing to account for the bulk of Dmedia's total offense.
The contest began with the Numen coming off firing in a fast-paced, 26-point first quarter as they led the cats by four after ten minutes of play.
Then the Tigers went on a roll with top scorer Tien Lei leading the way to help erase the deficit midway through the second before the Numen went on a small scoring run of their own to close out the first half leading 42-37.
A scoring drought for Dmedia that lasted over three minutes in the latter part of the third gave the Tigers a surprising 57-55 lead by the end of the quarter. And the Numen would actually trail by as many as six points before Ou Yang took matters into his own hands to bring his team back.
PURE YOUTH 92, BANK OF TAIWAN 90
Pure Youth Constructions took an eleven-point lead with under eight minutes to play and held on for its dear life to edge past the Bank of Taiwan in a 92-90 win in the battle of the two last-placed teams earlier on Sunday.
The seesaw affair that featured more than 10 lead changes during the first three quarters appeared to be the builders' to win when they managed to go up 73-62 behind the outstanding play of James Mao.
But the bankers demonstrated exceptional resilience by chipping away at the deficit to eventually fall within a deuce with 48 seconds remaining in the game.
That was as close as they got as Tsai Wen-cheng calmly hit both of his free throws on the ensuing possession to give Pure Youth a 92-87 lead that sealed the game.
TAIWAN BEER 63, LEOPARDS 54
Taiwan Beer salvaged a winning weekend by downing the Taiwan Mobile Leopards 63-54 in its third game in as many days to come away with a 2-1 record (2-2 for the season).
A scoreless four minutes by the Leopards in the final quarter helped the beer crew put up an 11-0 run that proved too much for the Leopards to overcome.
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