The Dacin Tigers pulled off another upset win over No. 1 side Pure Youth Construction by topping the two-time defending champs in a 75-68 final at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night to even their weekend mark at 1-1.
Despite their below-.500 season of 10-14, the Tigers managed to win the regular season series against the top squad in the league by a 3-2 margin thanks to a solid outing by hired gun Reggie Okosa who netted a game-high 16 points and 15 rebounds to carry his club past the Builders.
It was an important win for the Cats for keeping their postseason hopes alive, especially following their defeat against Taiwan Beer the night before, which dropped them to No. 6 in the standings. They are looking to fight for the fourth-and-final playoff berth with the Yulon Luxgens and Kinmen Liquor in a tight race.
Chu Yi-tsong came off the bench with five points in the opening frame to help give the Cats a surprising 20-17 advantage after one quarter of play, before the Builders answered with a strong second quarter to make it a one-point game, 33-32 in favor of the Tigers, at the half.
Four three-pointers by the Tigers in a 22-point third, including a pair by Luo Yu-chun, upped their half-time lead by four as they continued to score to keep Pure Youth at bay.
The Builders tied the game up at 55-all early in the fourth with a 5-0 run, before the Cats decided to take their game up a notch in the final seven minutes of play to attain a lead that they would not relinquish.
Dacin will have a chance to close out the tough three-game weekend on a high note with a match against the Distillers this evening. A victory will likely net them fifth place in the standings at the expense of the Distillers.
BANK OF TAIWAN 67, TAIWAN BEER 70
Taiwan Beer used a solid third quarter to erase a half-time deficit and held on in the fourth to defeat Bank of Taiwan in Sinjhuang yesterday afternoon.
Sloppy ball-handling coupled with a stone-cold 3-for-13 shooting from the field set the Brew Crew back by eight at the half as the Bankers capitalized on Taiwan Beer’s miscues in a dominant second quarter.
That was the extent the last-place Bankers were able to hang with the men in green as they fell victims to an intensified Taiwan Beer defense.
LEOPARDS 75, KINMEN LIQUOR 74
Chen Shih-nian’s running drive to the hoop with 1.7 seconds remaining resulted in the game-winner as the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards rallied from a dozen down in the fourth to edge past Kinmen Liquor 75-74 last night.