Top-ranked Pure Youth Construction ended the regular season on a high note with an 89-85 win over Bank of Taiwan at the Taipei Municipal Gymnasium last night.
Quincy Davis had another big day with several monstrous slams to reflect his total dominance inside the paint. The hired gun from the US scored a game-high 23 points and 16 boards to lead the defending champs to victory.
Also starring for the Builders were three-point threats Doug Creighton and Keh Chi-hao, who converted a combined seven of 11 attempts from behind the three-point arc.
What should have been a relatively easy win for Pure Youth turned into a dogfight as the Bankers refused to go down quietly, with center Joseph Taylor and rookie standout Chou Bo-hsun scoring 13 of their 19 first-quarter points to give them a narrow 19-17 lead after ten minutes of play.
The Bankers upped their game a notch in the second quarter by putting 26 points on the board compared with the Builders’ 24 to enjoy a 45-41 advantage at the half.
Taylor and Chou had already reached double-digit scores by the end of the first half, with 10 and 13 points to their credit respectively.
That was when Keh took matters into his own hands as the reserve guard shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and added two more free throws to help the Builders to a 68-67 lead in the third.
Pure Youth held on to win, despite a resilient effort by the Bankers who kept it close, but never managed to surpass the Builders again.
Luxgens 103, Taiwan Beer 98
The Yulon Luxgens put up 34 points in the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated Taiwan Beer.
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