Pure Youth Construction bounced back from an embarrassing Game 2 defeat on Sunday with a convincing 85-60 win over the Dacin Tigers in Game 3 of the semi-final series last night at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City to grab a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven set.
Playing like they had something to prove, Pure Youth Construction set the bar high from the get-go, netting 26 points in the first quarter to complement a stellar defense that limited the Cats to eight points in the quarter that the eventual winners emerged from with a surprising 26-8 lead.
Even though Dacin found their shooting range in the second quarter — putting 20 points on the scoreboard to show for it — they only managed to reduce the Builders’ cushion by three as the two-time defending champs netted 17 to maintain a double-digit lead the entire quarter.
Other than Reggie Okosa and Tien Lei’s 23 combined points, no other Dacin player scored in the first half until Lin Guan-luen sank a three-pointer with about a minute left in the half.
The 15-point deficit facing Dacin at the half proved insurmountable, as the Builders poured in another 25 while forcing seven turnovers against their opponents in a dominant third.
That was about as much as Tigers skipper Hsu Chih-chao could bear before he sent in the reserves to finish the meaningless fourth quarter of a contest whose outcome was determined long before the final buzzer sounded.
Three players scored in the double-figures for Pure Youth, led by Keh Chi-hao with a game-high 20.
Okosa’s team-best 18 was the lone highlight for the Cats.