Upset-minded Kinmen Liquor made it two wins in a row over the weekend by topping the favored Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards in a 75-71 final at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium yesterday afternoon.
The win not only brought the Distillers out of the cellar in the standings, but also gave them a perfect 2-0 record against the second-placed Leopards, who they defeated at their first meeting last month in a 68-65 decision.
Hired gun Aaron Pettway played his best game of the season so far by downing 15 points and 18 rebounds to lift Kinmen Liquor past their rivals.
Even though it was not his best outing as far as his overall statistics are concerned, his inside presence and ability to contain the Leopards’ twin towers Luke Nevill and Wu Dai-hao might have been enough for the big American to secure his place with the Distillers.
“I needed a big showing to prove my worth, that’s the only way for me to keep my job here,” Pettway said after the game.
His inconsistency on the offensive front had cast doubts among the Kinmen Liquor coaching staff over the past two weeks.
Also starring for the Distillers was Hsu “the Fool” Hao-cheng whose perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line late in the game crushed any hopes the Leopards might have had of rallying to a win. Hsu accounted for a dozen of his team’s 21 points in the decisive fourth.
PURE YOUTH 75, TAIWAN BEER 68
Top-ranked Pure Youth Constructions also won their weekend finale in Kaohsiung with a triumph over Taiwan Beer to extend their current winning streak to six games.
Quincy Davis picked up his fifth double-double showing in six chances with a team-high 19 points and 14 rebounds to outshine Taiwan Beer’s Patrick O’Bryant who had a solid game of his own with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
O’Bryant did not get to finish the game for the Brew Crew, as he was called for his fifth foul with 1.5 minutes remaining in the game, after which the Crew were held scoreless.
“Not having [O’Bryant] in the game really held us back,” Taiwan Beer skipper Yen Chia-hua said after the game.
The Brew Crew’s top scorer Liu Chan continued to perform brilliantly with a game-high 22 points and seven boards, but the third-year forward also turned the ball over a season-high six times and shot a dismal 0-for-5 from the free-throw line.
LUXGENS 73, BANK OF TAIWAN 65
The Yulon Luxgens needed a strong fourth quarter to break a 47-all tie after three quarters of play to defeat Bank of Taiwan in Kaohsiung last night.