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SBL: Kinmen Kaoliang come from behind to win by eight

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing Reporter

Overcoming deficits as large as 10 points in the first half with a brilliant second half, Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor humbled the Taiwan Mobile Leopards 93-85 at the Taipei Gymnasium last night.

The victory not only swapped places for the two teams in the standings, propelling the Distillers to No. 6 while dropping the Leopards to dead last, it also improved Kinmen Kaoliang’s record to 3-8.

Chen Jing-huan erupted for a season-high 28 points to lead a Kinmen Kaoliang attack that had three players with more than 20 points to turn away a Leopard squad that definitely came out ready to play.

“It was a big win for us as we finally played together like a team,” Chen said after the game.

The Kinmen Kaoliang captain gave all the credit to fellow teammates Chang Rong-hsuen and Shawn “the Hawk” Hawkins, whose 43 combined points in the game was too much for the Leopards to defend against.

Taiwan Mobile opened with forwards Liu Sheng-yao and Marcus Dove scoring nine and eight points respectively in the first quarter to help their team take a 28-23 lead after the first 10 minutes.

However, the Distillers buckled down and reduced the gap to just two at the half, with Chen downing nine of the team’s 25 second-quarter points.

Kinmen Kaoliang continued its success in the second half, leading by four after three quarters, before the Leopards rallied and actually traded leads with Kinmen Kaoliang several times.

However, the night ultimately belonged to Kinmen Kaoliang as it knocked down the big shots in the closing minutes to pull away with the victory.

The Leopards’ failure to secure the defensive glass led to 14 offensive rebounds for Kinmen Kaoliang, who outrebounded the Leopards 38 to 22, which took its toll as the Leopards fell short in a losing effort.

PURE YOUTH 74, TIGERS 71

Hong Chih-shang’s tiebreaking three with four seconds remaining in the game gave Pure Youth Construction a 74-71 win over the Dacin Tigers in the second game.

The game-winner negated a brilliant Tigers’ comeback attempt that brought them from eight down in the final minute to force a 71-all tie, setting the stage for Hong’s late-game heroics.

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