Chou Shih-yuan shot better than 60 percent from the field on a 27-point night, Chen Chih-chung followed with a game-high five assists, and the Yulon Luxgens rallied in the fourth quarter to top Taiwan Beer 71-66 at the Sinjhuang Sport Complex in New Taipei City last night.
It was Chou’s best game of the season by far, as the shooting guard out of Taipei Physical Education College picked up the scoring slack left by the injured Emmanuel Jones to lift his team past the Brew Crew in dramatic fashion.
Taiwan Beer took advantage of Jones’ absence by pounding the ball inside the paint, with Byron Allen racking up six quick points to give the Brew Crew a 19-14 lead after the first quarter.
Yulon revamped their interior defense to guard against Allen while upping their offense a notch — with Chou netting nine — to outscore Taiwan Beer 20-13 in a much-improved second-quarter performance and earn a 34-32 halftime advantage.
Taiwan Beer managed to reclaim the lead in the third quarter, with Allen taking it strong to the hoop on several occasions, before the Luxgens finally buckled down by holding their opponents to only 10 points in the final quarter to rally from behind and prevail in the end.
PURE YOUTH 86, KINMEN LIQUOR 74
Top-ranked Pure Youth Construction were a dozen points better than Kinmen Liquor with a win in Sinjhuang yesterday afternoon to improve to 9-2 for the year.
The Builders showed off their tremendous team speed and bench depth by pushing the ball up the court as much as possible.
They had more than a dozen fastbreak buckets as they wore down the Distillers to put the game away long before the final buzzer.
Foul trouble for Kinmen Liquor top scorer Taylor King, who spent nearly the entire second half on the bench, also made the Builders’ job a lot easier.
The former Duke University standout fouled out of the game early in the third to finish with only four points on the day, well short of his 30-plus average over the past four games.
LEOPARDS 72, TIGERS 69
The Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards also rallied from behind to defeat the Dacin Tigers in the final match in Sinjhuang last night.
Trailing by four with less than a minute remaining, the Leopards scored the final seven points of the contest to deny the Tigers.