Bank of Taiwan pulled off mission impossible by upsetting Kinmen Liquor 72-56 at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon.
The win not only salvaged a 1-1 mark over the weekend for the financial wizards, but also nipped an eight-game slide that had them parked in the loss column for more than seven weeks.
What should have been an easy win for the Distillers, who desperately needed a win against the last-place Bankers to remain in the hunt for the postseason play, did not start off well as they found themselves trailing the Bankers in a 15-14 affair after one quarter of play.
That was not the end of Kinmen Liquor’s misfortune as the Bankers held them to a surprising nine points in the second quarter to enjoy a 30-23 lead at the half.
Trouble continued for the Distillers as the scoring gap reached the double-digit mark in a dismal third that saw the Bankers outscore them 17-10, making the fourth quarter merely a formality in a windfall that went the Bankers’ way.
Hired gun Liam McMorrow kept his red-hot scoring streak alive with his fourth straight game with 20 or more points by netting 22 on the night to lift his club past their foes. He also kept the lid on against his counterpart, Aaron Pettway, who was held scoreless in more than 35 minutes of floor time to further set the Distillers back.
Other than the 10 rebounds he managed to grab, Pettway was virtually absent from the Kinmen Liquor’s offensive scheme, with only one field-goal attempt to his credit.
Also starring for the Bankers was shooter Chen Hsuan-hsiang, who converted six of 13 from the field on a 15-point night to keep the Kinmen Liquor defense honest.
TAIWAN BEER 77 TIGERS 74
Tempers flared in the contest between Taiwan Beer and the Dacin Tigers in which two technical fouls and a player ejection were issued on top of an attempted walkout by the Tigers before things finally cooled down in a 77-74 win for the Brew Crew.
Tiger center Reggie Okosa was ejected from the game by the officiating crew for an apparent takedown on Taiwan Beer’s Wang Chien-wei in the closing seconds of the third quarter that triggered Dacin owner Wang Ren-da to order his team to walk off the court.
After near 20 minutes of further discussion and an attempt by the league officials to ask for Wang to reconsider, the Tigers finally reentered the contest to finish the game.
It was a devastating loss for the Cats in that they had a 19-point lead at the half before a 33-12 run in favor of Taiwan Beer in the third quarter tipped the scale in the Brew Crew’s direction for good.
‧ Pure Youth 67 Luxgens 62