Emmanuel Jones scored 31 points and Chen Shih-nian chipped in another 17 as Taiwan Beer went on to defeat the Dacin Tigers 88-82 at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium last night for their second win in as many days.
The win not only gave the Brew Crew a perfect 2-0 record for the long weekend, but also clinched their season series against the Cats as they improved to 3-1 in head-to-head competition with one more match remaining.
“His [Jones] great attitude really rubs off on the other players on the team,” Chen said after the game.
Their timely surge bailed out a sub-par effort by a slumping Yang Jing-min and Cheng Ren-wei, whose six combined points were well short of their season average of 24.
Dacin opened with a 9-0 run against the top squad in the league, with Alexus Foyle and Hsu “the Fool” Hao-cheng leading the way, but the Brew Crew soon found their range after being kept off the board for almost three minutes by going on a 11-2 run to tie the game at 11-11.
Three-pointers by Chou Tzu-hua and Ho Sho-cheng in what ended up being a 13-5 run helped the men in green take a 32-25 lead midway through the second, before they added to the lead by three to close out the first half leading 49-39.
Taiwan Beer led by as many as a dozen points early in the third, before the Tigers answered with a 12-2 run to fall within two points midway through the period.
That was as close as the Tigers got, with Jones and Chen doing as they pleased to slowly increase the lead back to a double digits.
Even though the Tigers managed to make one last rally to make it a three-point game, it was too little, too late as they fell short by half a dozen to finish the weekend on a down note.
PURE YOUTH 91, KINMEN 80
Pure Youth Construction bounced back from a tough loss to the Yulon Luxgens on Saturday night with a 91-80 win over Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor yesterday afternoon to end the week with a 2-1 record.
Keh Ji-hao’s timely 14 points in the fourth quarter on a 19-point night was the difference in the game as the Builders failed to put the game away early against the last-placed Distillers and needed a big night from the substitute guard to save the day.
“Coach Hsu told me that Hong Chih-shan was not going to be available for the game, so I had to rise to the occasion and I’m glad I did,” Keh said after the game.
Sloppy ball-handling on the part of Kinmen Kaoliang that led to 21 turnovers proved costly for the basement dwellers.
LUXGENS 74, LEOPARDS 73
The Yulon Luxgens skidded past the Taiwan Mobile Leopards in the nightcap last night.
Wu Yong-ren’s would be game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer was ruled a two-pointer, leaving the Leopards a point shy.