Quincy Davis edged past Taiwan Beer center Patrick O’Bryant by a slim 32-29 margin in last week’s play to win the Super Basketball League’s Player of the Week honor.
Members of the Basketball Writers’ Association had a hard time deciding between the Pure Youth Construction standout, who was instrumental in helping his club claim three straight wins over the weekend, and the Brew Crew’s big man, who set a new season-high in scoring with 34 points in a colossal win against the Yulon Luxgens for Taiwan Beer last Saturday night, that clinched a playoff berth for the men in the popular green uniform.
“The win by Pure Youth against Taiwan Beer must have made the difference,” said a high-ranking league official who spoke on condition of anonymity, suggesting a reason for Davis’ selection despite his overall statistics not being as glamorous as O’Bryant’s.
“The bottom line is how a player can help his team win,” the official added.
And winning seems to be what Davis and his Construction squad have been able to do on a consistent basis, as they have humbled the opposition by taking more than 80 percent of their games in the regular season to attain a league-best 22-5 record, with three regular-season games remaining on the schedule.
“I am quite surprised to have won [the Player of the Week honor] since my stats weren’t particularly outstanding, so it had to come down to my contribution to the team,” said a very modest Davis, who was pleasantly surprised upon learning of his selection to the weekly honor.
However, his smile more than confirmed his self-confidence in knowing that he has been the main reason why the Builders have won back-to-back titles and are in line for more, in what can very well be a dynasty in the making. It was his clutch put-back basket and a game-saving block-shot that sealed the Builders’ win over upset-minded Kinmen Kaoliang last Saturday.
“[Davis] has been the heart and soul of this team, because he is extremely intelligent on the floor and he can do so much more than simply scoring points for us,” Pure Youth head coach Hsu Chin-che said of his star center.
The league is to play its final two weeks of games in Taichung at the National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport Gymnasium, with Bank of Taiwan taking on the Dacin Tigers, followed by the showdown between Kinmen Kaoliang and Taiwan Beer.
Tip-off for the first game is scheduled for 6pm.