Overcoming a sluggish first quarter by playing to their potential the rest of the way, Pure Youth Construction roughed up the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards in an 86-72 final at the University of Taipei Gymnasium in Tianmu yesterday afternoon to improve to 3-1 for the season.
The win not only gave the two-time defending champions sole possession of the lead in the standings for the first time this season, but also cooled off the new-and-improved Leopards, who had gone a league-leading 3-1 in the first four contests to establish themselves as the team to beat.
Taiwan Mobile shot better than 60 percent from the field (11-for-18) in a fast-paced first quarter to grab a 24-15 lead.
However, the Builders returned the favor with an equally impressive second period behind the strong play of Chen Tzu-wei, who connected twice from downtown for seven points in the quarter to give his team a 41-40 lead at the half.
The teams swapped leads several times in a hard-fought third, before Pure Youth pulled away with a dominant fourth to take the first of the five-game series between the two squads.
Four different players scored in double-digits for Pure Youth, led by Quincy “Q” Davis’ game-high 17, compared with only one for the Leopards.
TIGERS 72, BANK OF TAIWAN 53
The Dacin Tigers dealt Bank of Taiwan their fourth straight defeat with a convincing 72-53 win in the second game in Tianmu last night.
Six first-quarter points by Tien Lei and Lin Guan-luen lifted the Cats to a 19-13 advantage after the first 10 minutes as they substituted early and often to keep a fresher lineup on the floor. The strategy by skipper Hsu Chih-chao proved effective as it wore down the Bankers midway through the third quarter, after they managed to reduce a double-digit deficit to as little as six points before faltering in the fourth to lose this one long before the final buzzer.
Failure to unlock the opposing defense continued to haunt the Bankers, who were held to less than 65 points for the third straight game following Friday night’s 80-64 defeat at the hands of the Yulon Luxgens and last Sunday’s narrow 64-62 loss to the Leopards.
TAIWAN BEER 74, LUXGENS 75
A pair of clutch threes by Chen Chih-chung midway through the fourth gave the Yulon Luxgens the lead for good as they rallied from six down in the second half to top Taiwan Beer 75-74 in Tianmu last night.