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SBL : Liquor too strong to guzzle down for Pure Youth team

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Shawn “the Hawk” Hawkins scored a game-high 28 points with 18 rebounds, Lin Chih-long added another dozen, including the game-winning basket, and Kinmen Liquor defeated Pure Youth Construction 79-74 at the Miaoli County Sports Complex on Saturday evening.

It was the third straight game in which the US import scored at least 20 points, steadily making the Hawk one of the most dominating players in the league through the first three weeks of play.

The win was Kinmen Liquor’s third in a row, improving its record to a surprising 4-1.

In a contest that featured a showdown between a pair of foreign greats — the Hawk for Kinmen Liquor and the Builders’ Jonathan Sanders — Kinmen Liquor took an early 19-13 lead after one quarter of play before the Builders halved the gap to trail Kinmen Liquor 39-36.

Pure Youth pulled within one to start the final quarter, but the Hawk made sure his team didn’t relinquish its lead as he poured in 13 of Kinmen Liquor’s final 21 points.

Tigers 67, Luxgens 62

The Yulon Luxgens rode on the coattail of a brilliant start by Tseng Wen-ding through the first four games of the year to tally a surprising 3-1 record. But their fortune came to an end on Saturday when the all-star center was hampered by foul trouble that limited him to only 28 minutes of action (compared with his 36 minute average heading into the game) in a tough 67-62 loss to the Cats.

The Luxgens didn’t have scoring threat Lee Hsueh-lin for the game because of an injury sustained the week before, leaving the bulk of the scoring burden to Tseng and veteran point guard Chen Chih-chung.

Taiwan Beer 71, Leopards 67

Taiwan Beer held the Taiwan Mobile Leopards to a season-low eight points in the first quarter and won the game 71-67 on Saturday afternoon to end a two-game losing skid.

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