Top-ranked Pure Youth Construction outplayed Holding Bank of Taiwan in every facet of their game yesterday
They held their opponents to eight points in the opening quarter and went on to win by a 99-70 margin at the Hsinchu Municipal Gymnasium in the afternoon game.
It was a big win for the two-time defending champs following their tough loss to the Yulon Luxgens on Sunday last week, which halted their eight-game winning streak, as they looked to start off on another.
Keh Chi-hao had a big day at the office by shooting 8-for-9 from the field, including netting 5-for-5 in a perfect display from beyond the three-point arc. He tallied a team-high 21 points for the Builders.
Behind a dozen combined points from Ko and fellow guard Chen Shih-chieh, and six turnovers by the Bankers, Pure Youth jumped to a 22-8 lead after one quarter of play.
That was the early separation that skipper Hsu Chin-che needed to rest his starters, while giving his bench some extra floor time, as none of Pure Youth’s starting five played for more than 19 minutes in a game that was determined long before the final buzzer.
Five different Pure Youth players scored in double-digits compared with only two from the Bankers, including Shih Chin-yao’s game-high 22.
TAIWAN BEER 86, KINMEN LIQUOR 74
Taiwan Beer upended previously red-hot Kinmen Liquor by handing the Distillers a defeat in the second game in Hsinchu last night.
Winners of three-straight coming into the game, Kinmen Liquor came out firing by doubling up the Brew Crew in a 24-12 run over the first 10 minutes of play.
The men in the green uniforms returned the favor by downing 28 in the second quarter, thanks to an even dozen from hired gun Patrick O’Bryant and an 11-2 run, to close out the first half with a surprising 40-37 advantage.
Sloppy ball-handling on the part of Kinmen Liquor that resulted in six turnovers gave the Brew Crew a window of opportunity.
They stretched their halftime lead by eight in the game-deciding third, as they took and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way to the victory.
O’Bryant would end the contest with a game-high 25 points and 19 rebounds, one board shy of a double-20 outing.
LUXGENS 85, TIGERS 71
The Yulon Luxgens avenged their two-point loss to the Dacin Tigers in their last meeting with a win over the Cats in Hsinchu last night to take a 2-1 lead in matches played between them this season.