Scoring early and often, Bank of Taiwan cashed in on a sluggish start by Kinmen Liquor to grab a double-digit lead and held off a late-game rally to run away with a 79-68 win at the University of Taipei Gymnasium in Tianmu yesterday afternoon, ending a four-game slide.
Liam McMorrow bounced back from a subpar outing on Saturday with a stellar effort yesterday to lead the financial wizards past their foes. The Canadian native, who put on his first double-20 performance of the season on Friday night with 24 points and 21 rebounds in a losing cause, made sure his team would not go winless for the weekend by racking up 22 points and 15 boards.
Also starring for the Bankers was guard Chang Bo-sheng, who netted 16 points to keep the Kinmen Liquor defense busy.
After falling behind by as many as 20 points in the second half, the Distiller attempted an all-out rally in the fourth, highlighted by nine straight points from Yang Test-yin in what ended up being a 12-0 run to pull within seven.
However, an obvious blown call by the officiating crew that gave the Bankers an extra possession in the fourth ultimately dampened Kinmen Liquor’s comeback as they fell short by 11 in the end.
PURE YOUTH 71, LUXGENS 68
Pure Youth Construction made it two wins in a row by topping the Yulon Luxgens in a 71-68 decision in the second game in Tianmu last night to maintain sole possession of the lead in the standings.
Tsai Wen-cheng and Keh Chi-hao’s three free throws in the final 15 seconds of the game broke a 68-all tie and proved to be the margin of victory for the two-time defending champs.
With the game tied and less than 20 seconds remaining, Yulon decided to take a chance on the questionable free-throw shooting of Pure Youth’s James Mao by fouling the Builder guard.
The strategy appeared to work in Yulon’s favor as Mao missed both of the free throws. However, the Luxgens failure to secure the defensive rebound off Mao’s second miss gave Tsai the offensive board and two more free throws, which he calmly converted to put Pure Youth ahead by two.
That was the difference in the game as Yulon turned the ball over on the ensuing possession to trail by three and lose by that margin.
LEOPARDS 81, TIGERS 72
The Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards upended the Dacin Tigers 81-72 in the weekend finale in Tianmu last night to improve to to 4-2 for the season.