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SBL: Builders take 3-1 lead over Luxgens

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Pure Youth Construction’s Doug Creighton makes the three-point gesture as he celebrates his game-winning three-pointer against the Yulon Luxgens at the Taipei Arena last night.

Photo COURTESY OF SBL

Overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half, Pure Youth Construction rallied for 23 points in the fourth quarter to edge past the Yulon Luxgens 84-83 at the Taipei Arena last night to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven semi-final series.

Doug Creighton’s clutch three-pointer with 1.6 second remaining in the game turned a two-point deficit into a one-point lead to help the Builders, who trailed for most the game, steal one from the four-time champs.

“I’d like to thank the coaches and my teammates for believing in me, especially [Chen] Hsin-an for getting the ball to me in a hurry,” Creighton said after the game.

The winner of this year’s annual Three-point Shootout over the All-Star weekend more than proved himself as the league’s premier long-range threat.

“We really proved the saying ‘never say never’ because we really believed in ourselves,” Pure Youth skipper Hsu Jin-tseh said after the game.

His troops are now one win from advancing into their first-ever Championship Finals appearance.

The Luxgens came out firing by opening the game with a 10-1 run. They would maintain an eight-point lead at the half before allowing the Builders back in the game in the second half.

It took a put-back basket by Kevin Johnson off a teammate’s miss to put the Luxgens ahead 83-81 with 5.8 seconds remaining in the game.

However, the Luxgens might have celebrated a bit too early as they allowed the Builders to quickly advance the ball up the court to set up Creighton’s game-winner.

Yesterday’s other SBL playoff semi-final result:

‧ Taiwan Beer 81, Tigers 70

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