The Dacin Tigers bounced back from a tough loss to the Yulon Luxgens the night before with an 81-75 victory over Taiwan Beer at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Gymnasium in Greater Taichung yesterday afternoon to even their record for the season at 2-2.
Eight first-quarter points by Chu Yi-tsong gave the Tigers an early advantage as they led by as many as 10 in the first half, before the Brew Crew found their shooting range, with Liu Chan downing a dozen in the second quarter to force a 37-37 tie at halftime.
Liu carried his red-hot shooting into the second half with eight points in the third quarter to lead the men in their familiar green outfits to a three-point lead at the start of the fourth, but a 7-0 run by the Tigers with less than three minutes to play, coupled with a pair of clutch misses at the free-throw line by Taiwan Beer, ultimately cost the Brew Crew the game.
Liu managed to tie a career high with 28 points on the night, but the birthday boy would rather have celebrated his 23rd birthday with a win.
Dacin Tigers newcomer Reggie Okosa came off a sub-par first half with a stellar second, as he accounted for 10 of his team’s 23 points in the decisive fourth quarter to lift the Cats past their nemeses in a marquis victory.
LUXGENS 65, KINMEN KAOLIANG 50
Overcoming a dismal first quarter in which they were held to eight points, the Yulon Luxgens rallied for 26 points in the fourth to upend Kinmen Kaoliang in the second game in Greater Taichung last night.
The sloppy contest that featured 31 turnovers between the two sides saw the Distillers cling to a 40-39 lead through the third thanks to a solid first half by hired gun Aaron Pettway, who poured in 11 points in the first half.
However, the diehard Luxgens saved their best for last by attacking the basket in a 26-10 scoring differential in the fourth quarter to pull away to a double-digit winning margin.
Chen Chih-chung’s game-high 15 points led a trio of double-digit Luxgen scorers for a side who began the season with back-to-back losses, before winning two straight to even their record at 2-2.
LEOPARDS 64, BANK OF TAIWAN 62
Chen Shih-nian’s tiebreaking field goal with 9.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards the lead and they held on to the buzzer to defeat Bank of Taiwan and finish the weekend on a high note.