Mon, Jan 21, 2013 - Page 20 News List

Builders survive scare to increase their lead at top

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Cheng Hao-hsuan of Bank of Taiwan, left, goes up for a basket against Quincy Davis of Pure Youth Construction in their SBL game in Miaoli yesterday.

Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

Top-ranked Pure Youth Construction overcame a six-point deficit in the second half after squandering leads as large as 17 points in the first to escape with an 83-78 win over Bank of Taiwan at the Miaoli County Sports Complex yesterday.

The victory not only stretched the Builders win streak to six, improving their league-best mark to 16-3, but also upped their lead over the second-placed Dacin Tigers to a season-high five games.

Quincy Davis had another huge day at the office with 30 points and 18 rebounds for the defending champions, who took advantage of the Bankers foul-troubled Joseph Taylor in the fourth quarter by putting up a dozen points.

Davis was not the only one with a great game statistically as the Bankers’ Taylor actually outscored his fellow American with a season-high 41 points to go along with his 14 boards and four assists, but that was not enough to carry his team past the Builders, even though the Bankers actually led by as many as six in the second half.

“This is the kind of game we live for, you make some mistakes and you deal with them accordingly,” Pure Youth skipper Hsu Jin-tseh said after the game.

Taiwan Beer 79, Kinmen 73

Taiwan Beer needed a strong fourth quarter to shake off Kinmen Kaoliang in the second game in Miaoli yesterday to avoid being dropped to last in the standings.

With only a half-game separating the two teams in the standings, the last-placed Distillers would have loved to climb out of the cellar and swap places with the Brew Crew. All the indications prior to the contest had suggested just that after Kinmen had won three of their past four games, while Taiwan Beer had lost five in a row.

However, forward Lee Jung-wei made sure that his injury-plagued team did not lose their sixth straight by turning in a double-16 performance.

Six players scored in double-digits for the Brew Crew, with Lee leading the way. Also starring was hired gun Byron Allen, who racked up 15 points and nine rebounds.

Kinmen’s Taylor King also had a good day, with a game-high 32 points and 13 rebounds.

Yesterday’s other result:

‧ Tigers 76, Luxgens 74

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