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SBL: Bankers overcome sloppy start; notch first win this year

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing Reporter

Kinmen Liquor’s Lee Chun-wei passes past Bank of Taiwan defenders during their game at the Hsinchu County Sports Complex last night.

Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

Back-to-back three-pointers by Chuang Hsiao-wen sparked a 12-0 run for Bank of Taiwan in the third quarter as they overcame a sloppy first half, including 11 turnovers, with a solid second half to upset Kinmen Liquor 76-64 at the Hsinchu County Sports Complex last night.

The win put the Bankers in the win column as they shook off a 0-4 start with a big “W” to round out the year.

“We’ve waited a long time for this one to come,” an excited Chuang said after the game.

His team had lost all four of their games heading into last night’s contest, having averaged a meager 61.8 points a game over that same span.

Also starring for the victors was point guard Lin Rei-cuen, who dished out a career-high nine assists, but caught an inadvertent elbow in the face late in the game that forced him to the bench before he could go for assist No. 10.

“Coach Lai said I haven’t been looking for the open man as much as I could, so we worked on that during the week,” Lin said after the game.

His outstanding all-around game with nine assists, seven points and five rebounds was the main reason that the Bankers managed to attain the victory.

Seven careless turnovers by the Bankers in a sloppy opening quarter kept the score to a low 12-10 as the Bankers held on to a slim lead with big man John Vaudreuil getting six of the Bankers’ first dozen points.

They increased their lead by one in a more disciplined second quarter to settle for a 29-26 advantage at the half, before the 12-0 run in the third quarter that blew the game open.

That was more than the Distillers could handle as they managed to cut the deficit from as many as 12 to just five late in the third, before the Bankers pulled away with a 23-point fourth quarter to win it by 12.

Poor ball-handling on the part of the Distillers ultimately cost them the game as they committed a season-high 20 turnovers, one more than the Bankers’ 19.

In other action, it was:

‧ Luxgens 96, Leopards 78

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