Yen Cheng-hong scored a game-high 23 points and Su Hsiang-yi added another 17 against his former team as the Taiwan Mobile Leopards defeated the Dacin Tigers 89-79 at the Sinjhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City last night.
Their 10th win of the season was a big one for the Leopards in the sense that it gave them double-digit victories in an otherwise very disappointing season, considering that expectations were high for them coming into the season with the addition of Su and Marcus Dove (out nursing a shoulder injury).
The win also guaranteed a no-worse-than-sixth-place finish for Taiwan Mobile.
“I am still not satisfied with the way our backcourt played today,” Leopard head man Cheng Chih-long said after the game, referring to Su and fellow guard Wu Yong-ren’s sloppy play, despite the victory.
The backcourt tandem for the Leopards combined for five turnovers and as many assists in what Cheng considered to be a mediocre performance.
He had a point because the Leopards were playing against a Dacin squad that was missing four of five regular starters in the interests of protecting them from potential injuries.
The Tigers have already secured a third-seed berth in the post-season and the outcome of yesterday’s contest was of little consequence.
“I am quite pleased with the way our reserve players hung in there today without most of our regulars,” Dacin skipper Chiou Da-tsong said after the game.
Chiou rested top scorer Tien Lei and inside force Alexus Foyle for the entire game, as well as team captain Chang Chih-fong.
“It’s also good for our reserves to see some floor time,” Chiou said.
The Tigers will play their regular-season finale this evening against Bank of Taiwan.
Kinmen 86 Bank of Taiwan 75
Kinmen Kaoliang erupted for 29 points in the fourth quarter to turn a two-point deficit at the start of the fourth into an 86-75 win in the late game in Sinjhuang last night.
Lin Chih-long shot a perfect four-for-four from the field with a pair of free throws to account for a dozen of Kinmen Kaoliang’s 29 points in the decisive fourth to help his team pull off the upset win.
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