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SBL: Taiwan Beer too potent for Pure Youth in Yilan

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Aided by a 17-6 run early in the fourth, red-hot Taiwan Beer built leads as large as 20 points in the final quarter and held on to beat Pure Youth Construction 82-65 at the National Yilan University Gymnasium last night.

The victory gave Taiwan Beer a perfect 5-0 record this season.

“It was a big win for us because they [Pure Youth] had also started off the season pretty well,” Taiwan Beer skipper Yen Jia-hua said after the game.

His team managed to increase their lead over Pure Youth to two full games in the standings with the victory.

Eight quick points by newcomer Emmanuel Jones in a fast-paced first quarter helped Taiwan Beer take a 24-15 lead through the first 10 minutes of play, before they upped it by a half-dozen with a 19-13 run in the second to lead it comfortably at 43-28 at the half.

Rashad Jones-Jennings took matters into his own hands with a brilliant 10-point third to help the Builders reduce the deficit to less than 10 by the end of the quarter, only to see the men in green battle back with a game-deciding 17-6 run in the final quarter to seal the win.

Jones ended the night with a game-high 29 points to lead a trio of Taiwan Beer players with double-digit scoring.

Rashad Jones-Jennings managed a team-best 21 points with 18 rebounds for Pure Youth, but it was not enough to cool off a Brew Crew that simply outgunned them with team depth good enough to assemble two top-tier lineups on the floor at any given time.

BANK OF TAIWAN 64, LUXGENS 53

Bank of Taiwan pulled off the biggest upset of the season so far by beating the Yulon Luxgens last night.

Chen Hsuen-shiang’s season-high 20 points led the Banker’s, who opened with a surprising 6-0 lead against the defending champs over the first four minutes of play and held them to just 10 first-quarter points to tie a team-low in single-quarter scoring.

Bank of Taiwan led for most of the first half before the defending champs had center Tseng Wen-ding to thank as he led them to lead by as many as three in the third.

However, the Bankers held the Luxgens to a record-low nine points in the fourth with unbelievable defense to run away with the win.

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