Overcoming an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter, Kinmen Liquor outscored Bank of Taiwan by a 23-10 margin to run away with a 65-60 win in the second round of play at this year’s Hualien Probation Cup Basketball Tournament at the Hualien County Sports Complex yesterday afternoon.
The win not only earned the Distillers a chance to take on the Yulon Luxgens this afternoon for a fifth-place finish, it also provided them with some much needed confidence for the upcoming SBL season.
“It was good to be able to come from behind to win it in the end. It adds another dimension to our team,” rookie Kinmen Liquor skipper Hsu Chih-chao said.
Photo: Yeh Shih-hung, Taipei Times
His young troops showed some rare poise for an inexperienced squad.
Unlike all three of their previous contests, the Bankers got off to a decent start and held the lead for most of the first three quarters, before a defensive collapse early in the fourth led to a game-turning 10-0 run for Kinmen Liquor.
“We seemed a little lost during the fourth,” Bank of Taiwan head coach Lai Liang-chung said after the game.
His Bankers take on Malaysia today in the battle for seventh place.
Elite Talent Exchange 89, Tigers 67
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Pure Youth 104, Taiwan Beer 89
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