Kinmen Liquor proved no match for Kyung Hee University of South Korea, falling short by three in an 84-81 result to lose their second match of the Hualien Probation Cup Basketball Tournament at the Hualien County Sports Complex on Thursday.
Kinmen led South Korea 33-28 at halftime, behind a strong first half by Chen Jing-huan and Hong Chi-chao, but fell victims to a three-point attack in the second half, led by Park Lae-hun’s five three-pointers in the third quarter alone.
Cheng Ren-wei actually had a chance to tie the game with a buzzer-beating three-point attempt, but the shot was off, denying Kinmen Liquor a chance to send the game into overtime.
The South Koreans ended up with 14 three-pointers which accounted for nearly half of their offensive output.
As for Kinmen Liquor, Chen led the game with 27 points, followed by Cheng’s dozen.
TAIWAN BEER 78, DACIN TIGERS 75
A shorthanded Dacin Tigers squad dropped their second straight game in the tournament with a 78-75 loss to Taiwan Beer on Thursday to remain winless at 0-2 in the five-day competition.
Missing most of their starters from last season’s title-winning team, the defending Super Basketball League champions simply did not match up to the Brewers, even though Beer lost their superstar Lin “The Beast” Chih-jeh to China Basketball Association’s Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the off-season.
Pan Ren-deh’s clutch three-pointer with under a minute remaining was the difference as it propelled the Brew Crew to a narrow victory.
YULON LUXGENS 82, US STARS 65
The Yulon Luxgens bounced back from their opening loss to China’s Shanxi Zhongyu with an 82-65 win over the US Stars on Thursday.
Chou Shih-yuan found his groove in the second quarter, scoring 13 of his 17 points to help his team pull away in an otherwise evenly fought first half en route to the big win.