Lin Guan-luen’s season-high 41-point effort allowed Kinmen Kaoliang to overcome an early-game deficit to rough up Taiwan Beer in a 106-102 shootout at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon.
The former Nan Shan Senior High School standout singlehandedly matched the Brew Crew’s 21 second quarter points to help humble the three-time champs.
The win not only nipped a four-game slide for the Distillers, but also mathematically eliminated the Brew Crew from postseason play for the first time in eight seasons, removing the “powerhouse” distinction from the team that once fielded stars such as Lin “the Beast” Chih-jeh and Wu Dai-hao.
“We knew coming into this season that it would be tough, and that is exactly how it’s been,” Taiwan Beer skipper Liu Jia-fa said after the game.
His team had lost four of its five starters from last season, including three members of the national squad, in an exodus to the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards at the start of this season.
Three three’s by Yang Yu-ming were the highlight of a 13-point first quarter for the retiring Taiwan Beer shooting guard as his team took a 27-18 lead.
That was when Lin took his game up a notch as he connected on eight of ten field goal attempts in the second quarter to set a new career-high in single-quarter scoring of 21 points to cut Taiwan Beer’s lead to three at the half.
Kinmen erased the deficit by the end of the third, with Taylor King scoring eight points, before they erupted for 32 points in the final quarter to edge past Taiwan Beer.
LEOPARDS 73, TIGERS 56
The Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards humbled the Dacin Tigers in the second game in Sinjhuang last night, giving the Leopards their second win in as many days following Friday night’s 85-73 triumph over Bank of Taiwan.
The win propelled the Leopards past the Tigers in the standings.
PURE YOUTH 84, LUXGENS 77
Pure Youth Construction stretched their win streak to 13 by topping the Yulon Luxgens in the nightcap in Sinjhuang last night.
Doug Creighton was the hero for the second straight night, hitting the go-ahead three-pointer late in the game to seal the deal.