Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor took a 14-point lead at halftime and held off a fierce comeback attempt by Bank of Taiwan to win their SBL game 66-63 at the Taipei Gymnasium yesterday afternoon.
Shawn “the Hawk” Hawkins scored 16 and grabbed nine rebounds to lead a bent-but-would-not-be-broken Distillers lineup that played only one good half and then had to fight for their dear lives to pick up victory No. 2 of the season.
Bank of Taiwan chipped away at a 12-point deficit at the start of the fourth and came to within a deuce of Kinmen Kaoliang, helped by the outstanding play of newly arrived foreign help, John Vaudreuil, who poured in nine of his game-high 20 in the final quarter, but they could never get over the hump when it mattered the most to pull off the comeback win.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times
Vaudreuil also racked up a half-dozen boards for his new team to conclude a pretty good day at the office considering his plane had landed less than 10 hours prior to the game as he arrived to fill in for the injured Jason Faulknor.
“Not too bad for someone [Vaudreuil] who got off the plane less than 10 hours ago,” Bank of Taiwan boss Lai Liang-chung said after the game. “Give us a few more practices with him and we should be even better.”
PURE YOUTH 84, LEOPARDS 75
Pure Youth Construction continued their recent success by downing the Taiwan Mobile Leopards in the second game in Taipei yesterday evening to up their win streak to a season-best five.
Red-hot Rashad Jones-Jennings missed what would have been his fifth straight double-20 outing for a new league record in consecutive games by only two points as he poured in 18 points and 27 rebounds on the night, but that helped the surging Builders to a solid win nonetheless.
He would have easily gotten the 20 if he had converted two more free throws as he recorded eight-for-13 shooting from the charity stripe.
His 27 rebounds in the game alone were enough to tie the entire Leopards team, redefining a new standard for total air supremacy as the Builders out-rebounded the Leopards by a huge 46-27 margin.
Also starring for Pure Youth was Chien Jia-hong, whose 10 fourth-quarter points helped the Builders erase several deficits in the second half to run away with the win.
The Leopards rode on the success of Marcus Dove’s stellar 22 points and 13 rebounds to keep themselves in the game, while guard Wu Yong-ren pitched in with 23 points to account for the bulk of his team’s offense, but that was not enough to translate into a win, as the Builders were simply too strong to defend against, especially in the decisive fourth quarter.
TAIWAN BEER 100, TIGERS 71
Putting up 100 points on the scoreboard for the first time this season, Taiwan Beer easily cruised past the Dacin Tigers 100-71 in the final game yesterday to improve to 9-1 for the season.
Yang Jing-min led the Taiwan Beer attack with his team-high 27 points, while fellow frontcourt mates Wu Dai-hao and Cheng Ren-wei added 11 and eight respectively to humble a Keith Gayden-led streak of Tigers who had scored 100 in their own right the night before in a losing effort.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
‘GREAT COMPETITOR’: Former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was tested by American teenager Coco Gauff, before the Spaniard advanced in three sets Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Thursday cruised into the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia by handing their Japanese opponents a rare “double bagel,” a feat matched by US Open losing finalist Victoria Azarenka in the women’s singles. Top seeds Hsieh and Strycova took just 49 minutes to see off the challenge of Japanese duo Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-0, 6-0 on the clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome. The Taiwanese-Czech duo saved both break points they faced and converted six of 14, winning 62 percent of their first