The Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards converted all 10 of their final free-throw attempts with the game on the line to down Kinmen Kaoliang 84-76 at the Sinjhuang Sport Complex in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon, finishing off the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record.
Noel Felix did as he pleased against an inferior Kinmen interior defense that does not have a true center by racking up a team-high 27 points and 15 rebounds to humble the Distillers.
Even though his counterpart, Taylor King of the US, had a solid game with a season-high 30 points and 19 rebounds, it was not enough to make up for his absence on defense against the top opposing scorer, who lifted Kinmen past the Leopards.
“We are a lot better than our 1-7 record shows, because many of our losses have been very close and we could have easily been 4-4 or better if some breaks had gone our way,” King said after the game.
Despite falling behind by as many as 10 points, the Distillers hung tough against the Leopards by virtue of King’s red-hot shooting to tie the game at 58-58 through three quarters of play.
However, with the game on the line in the decisive fourth, it was the Leopards who sank all 10 of their free throws in the final three minutes of play to wipe away any hopes of a late Kinmen Kaoliang comeback.
Pure Youth 77, Luxgens 57
Pure Youth Construction bounced back from their first loss of the season on Saturday by trouncing the Yulon Luxgens in the second game in Sinjhuang early yesterday evening to settle for a 1-1 record over the weekend.
With starting point man Chen Shih-jeh back in the lineup, the defending champions promptly regained their winning form as they shook off a subpar first quarter by outscoring the Luxgens 24-13 in the second quarter to take the lead for good en route to the blowout win.
Hired gun Colby Batiste dressed, but did not play, for the Luxgens, suggesting that the American forward’s tenure with the team may be in jeopardy as he failed to make the roster with the second team he has been with after he opened the season with Bank of Taiwan.
Tigers 73, Taiwan Beer 66
The Dacin Tigers doubled up on Taiwan Beer in a 20-10 first quarter and never looked back as they downed the Brew Crew by seven points in the weekend finale in Sinjhuang last night.