Overcoming first-half deficits as large as 10 points, the Yulon Luxgens rallied from behind to top Kinmen Kaoliang 81-67 at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon to extend their winning streak to three straight.
Lu Cheng-rue scored a team-high 22 points for the second straight day to lead a Luxgens offense that looked sluggish initially, but who managed to regain their rhythm as the game went on to avoid what would have been an upset loss to Kinmen.
Also starring for the Luxgens was center Kevin Johnson, who dominated the glass with a game-high 18 rebounds, along with 19 points to help the four-time champions improve to an 11-5 record.
The Distillers came out firing, with veteran forward Shang Wei-fan nailing a pair of three-pointers and hired gun Elbert Fuqua grabbing eight points as their team claimed a 22-16 lead after the opening period.
However, the Luxgens would return the favor in the second quarter, Johnson netting nine of his team’s 22 points in the quarter to keep it to a one-point deficit at the half.
Kinmen maintained a slim lead for three minutes into the third, before the Luxgens finally tied the game at 42-42 at the 6 minutes, 38 seconds mark and they took the lead for good with less than four minutes remaining in the third.
TAIWAN BEER 73, DACIN TIGERS 63
Resurgent Taiwan Beer were 10 points better than the Dacin Tigers for the second time in two weeks as they tamed the Big Cats in Sinjhuang yesterday afternoon to close out the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record.
Amis warrior Yang Jing-min played his best game since the Lunar New Year break by putting up 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead both teams in both statistical categories.
The game was not the only thing the Tigers lost, as starters Chang Chih-fong, Lin Yi-hui, and Yueh Ying-li were forced to leave the game with injuries serious enough to possibly knock them out of the regular season.
“[Injuries] are all part of the game, we just have to roll with it and move on,” Dacin skipper Chiou Da-tsong said after the game.
PURE YOUTH 85, BANK OF TAIWAN 66
Pure Youth Construction bounced back from their first loss of the year on Saturday with a nine-point come-from-behind win over Bank of Taiwan to retain top spot in the standings.
The upset-minded Bankers led by as many as 10 points in the second quarter, before the Builders went on a 14-2 run in the latter part of the quarter to skid ahead for good.