Behind eight three-pointers by Hong Chih-chao, Kinmen Kaoliang bombarded Taiwan Beer to win 84-65 at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon to close their season with a much-needed victory.
It was by far Hong’s best game of the season as the veteran forward showed off his shooting skills by hitting eight of 10 from behind the three-point arc to tally a season-high 25 points, nearly four times his scoring average of 7.1 points this season.
“I made some adjustments to my shooting after the big miss yesterday [Saturday] and I’m glad it worked out for me,” Hong said after the game, referring to an air-ball that he put up in Saturday’s loss to the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards, a basket that would have forced the game into overtime.
Kinmen Kaoliang took a surprising 19-16 lead after the first quarter and they doubled their lead to six by halftime, with hired gun Anthony Fuqua scoring eight of his team’s 18 points in the second quarter.
Taiwan Beer would chip away at the deficit in the third, with imported sensation Kibwe Trim of Trinidad and Tobago keeping it a four-point game, but that did not keep Kinmen Kaoliang from erupting for 31 points in the fourth to run away with the blowout win.
Four different Kinmen Kaoliang players scored in double-digits, compared with Taiwan Beer’s two, with Hong’s 25 leading the way.
Fellow forward Lee Jung-wei also netted 20 for rookie skipper Hsu Chih-chao, as the Distillers won out the fifth-and-final round of play against the rest of the league with a 4-2 record to qualify for NT$100,000 in prize money.
Pure Youth 89, Bank of Taiwan 49
Top-ranked Pure Youth Construction showed no mercy against Bank of Taiwan in the final regular season game as they trounced the Bankers 89-49 in Sinjhuang, New Taipei City, last night to finish off the regular season in grand fashion.
Head coach Hsu Jing-tseh intentionally played his regular starters for no more than 20 minutes in the interest of avoiding injuries, but that did not keep his reserves from piling on the points against a deflated Bankers’ lineup, who lost their desire from the get-go as they fell behind 21-8 in the first quarter. They never seemed physically or mentally in the game the entire way.