Top-ranked Pure Youth Construction opened this round of SBL games with a convincing 88-67 trouncing of Taiwan Beer at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night to begin a grueling three-game weekend on a high note.
Fresh off a tough week of practice after splitting a two-game weekend following a loss to the Dacin Tigers last Saturday, the two-time defending champions made sure they did not turn the ball over as often as they had done (16 times) in the loss to Dacin as they took extremely good care of the ball, committing just one turnover in the first quarter.
That led to a slim 22-21 lead for the Builders as the Brew Crew also hung tough, with Patrick O’Bryant connecting on five of eight from the field in what looked like a close game.
Pure Youth tightened their watch over O’Bryant by holding the American to just two points in the second quarter to close out the first half with a 39-34 advantage, before rolling off a 14-1 run midway through the third quarter that made it 59-42.
Quincy Davis led the Builders with eight points in the quarter, to go along with Lin Chin-bang’s half-dozen in what ended up being the game-turning run, as the Brew Crew never recovered from that point on en route to one of their most lopsided defeats of the season.
All but one of the Pure Youth starters scored in double figures, with Chen Shih-chieh and Tsai Wen-cheng’s 15 points apiece leading the way.
Taiwan Beer has a trio of double-digit scorers that featured O’Bryant’s game-high 17.
Third-year man Liu Chan, who is No. 6 in the league in scoring with more than 15 points per game, also had an off night as he was held scoreless in nearly 20 minutes of floor time in one of his worst outings of the season.
The Builders also taught the Brew Crew a lesson in offensive rebounding, as they racked up a season-high 31 off the offensive glass on a 59-rebound night to embarrass Taiwan Beer, who grabbed only 30 boards all night.
LEOPARDS 85, BANK OF TAIWAN 79
The second-placed Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards feasted off Bank of Taiwan in the second game in Sinjhuang last night to keep pace with SBL leaders Pure Youth Construction.