Behind the stellar performance of Quincy Davis III, Pure Youth Construction easily cruised past Bank of Taiwan in an 85-65 victory at the Kaohsiung Arena yesterday afternoon to close out a demanding three-game weekend with a perfect 3-0 record.
The center from the US, who had played away from home professionally in Europe, South America and China prior to joining the Builders this season, scored 23 points and snatched up a dozen rebounds to lead his team in both offensive categories. His timely surge more than made up for an off day from Chen “Airman” Hsin-an, who managed to convert two of the four three-pointers he attempted in a six-point effort after averaging nearly 19 points per game in his previous three games.
Pure Youth took a 16-11 lead after opening the game with a 12-2 run and they steadily added to their advantage over the next three quarters by outplaying the Bankers in every facet of the game.
The win was not only their fourth straight, but it also helped improve their record to a solid 6-3 before the Lunar New Year break, a great accomplishment considering they opened the season with two losses.
The Bankers failure to shut down the Builders attack was to blame as they dropped to their third straight defeat to head into the break with a 1-7 record.
“We really weren’t at our best at all today,” Bankers head coach Lai Liang-chung said after the game.
KINMEN LIQUOR 62, TAIWAN BEER 61
Kinmen Liquor made it two narrow victories in a row against Taiwan Beer to edge the defending champions in a thriller yesterday afternoon to improve their record to 3-5 for the season.
Hired gun Tim Parham rewarded rookie skipper Hsu Chih-chao’s confidence in him after Hsu started the American center in his second straight game since his arrival in Taiwan on Friday with a game-high 20-point outing, good enough to humble a Brew Crew who were able to rally from a 14-point deficit in the second half to take a four-point lead, before faltering in the final minutes to lose the game by a single point.
Trailing by one with under a minute remaining in the game, Taiwan Beer had a chance to go ahead with two free-throw attempts for Cheng Ren-wei, but the forward, who misfired from two feet and cost his team the game on Saturday, again missed both attempts. Fellow teammates Ho Sho-cheng and Emmanuel Jones also missed a wide-open three-pointer and the subsequent put-back attempt respectively with time running out, denying their team what would have been a brilliant comeback.
LUXGENS 83, LEOPARDS 70
The Yulon Luxgens shook off a diehard Taiwan Mobile who hung tough with the four-time champions for three quarters with a superior fourth quarter to defeat the Leopards by 13 in the weekend finale.