Scoring more than 90 points for the second straight day, Pure Youth Construction easily handled the Taiwan Mobile Leopards 93-79 at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City late yesterday afternoon to close out the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record.
Quincy Davis had a big day at the office, with 20 points and 19 boards in 33 minutes of floor time, one rebound shy of a double-20 performance, giving his new team a big boost at both ends of the court.
Also starring were Ghe Chi-hao and Lin Tsong-ching, who netted 16 and 13 points respectively to take the scoring burden off team leader Chen “Airman” Hsin-an.
The victory not only kept the Builders in stride with the top-ranked Dacin Tigers, who also won yesterday with a big come-from-behind victory over Kinmen Liquor, but more importantly it extended their winning streak to a season-high six, not too shabby considering the Builders opened the season with back-to-back losses.
“I like what I see, with some of our less-known guys picking up the slack for Hsin-an,” Pure Youth coach Hsu Jin-tseh said after the game.
His troops have finally shaken off their poor start and have played like contenders as expected.
As for the Leopards, failure to secure the ball in a 20-turnover effort proved too much to overcome as they settled for a 1-2 record over the weekend to fall to a 4-7 record for the season.
TIGERS 75, KINMEN LIQUOR 64
League leaders the Dacin Tigers showed signs of weakness in a mediocre first half, but they woke up just in time with 40 second-half points to defeat Kinmen Liquor 75-64 in the first game in Sinjhuang yesterday afternoon.
Tien Lei’s strong drive to the hoop in the fourth quarter that ended with a thunderous dunk was case in point for the roaring Cats, who fell behind by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, before chipping away at the deficit and eventually winning it in the fourth.
Despite a second-half collapse that cost them the lead, the Distillers were very much in the game and actually led briefly at 60-59 with less than four minutes remaining, but the Tigers answered with a tenacious 16-4 run the closing minutes to run away with the victory.
LUXGENS 91, TAIWAN BEER 82
Struggling defending champions Taiwan Beer’s troubles continued as they suffered yet another loss to set a new high with a five-game losing skid in a 91-82 loss to the Yulon Luxgens in Sinjhuang last night.
It was the third straight game the Brew Crew allowed more than 90 points, further exposing the gaping holes in their defense that skipper Yen Jia-hua must immediately address.