Kinmen Liquor proved no match for top-ranked Pure Youth Construction as they dropped a 90-69 decision at the Miaoli County Arena last night to start the weekend’s play on a down note.
Heading into the contest with back-to-back wins under their belt, the Distillers appeared ready and able to give the two-time defending champs all they could handle.
That was exactly what happened in the first half as Kinmen Liquor managed to hang tough with the Builders by playing to a 37-all tie through the first 19 minutes of the game, before allowing four straight points in the final minute of the half that resulted in a half-time score of 41-37.
That was the extent to which Kinmen Liquor got into the game as Pure Youth opened the second half with a 6-0 run to lead it by 10 before upping their advantage to as many as 14 points against the struggling Kinmen Liquor offense to close out the third.
A 5-0 run by Kinmen Liquor early in the fourth brought them to within 11 of Pure Youth, only to see the league leaders answer with a 24-14 run of their own over the final seven minutes of the game to pull away in a 21-point victory.
All 12 of the Pure Youth players made it into the scorebook on the night, with Chien Chia-hung’s game-high 19 points leading the way, showing off their tremendous bench depth.
As for the best from Kinmen, failure to hit their jumpers in the third played right into the hands of the Builders as they shot a dismal 4-for-16 from the field, compared with the Builders’ 10-for-16 in the decisive third.
Kinmen Liquor did have one spark in the game when veteran guard Yang Tseh-yi netted 10 points in the first half to reach his career 3,000-point mark.
BANK OF TAIWAN 69, DACIN TIGERS 59
Bank of Taiwan upended the Dacin Tigers in a 69-59 final in the second game in Miaoli last night.