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Basement-dwelling Tigers pull off shock of the season

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Chou Yi-hsiang of the Dacin Tigers goes up for a basket against Pure Youth Construction in their SBL game at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City yesterday.

Photo: Chen Chi-chu, Taipei Times

The upset-minded bottom-of-the-standings Dacin Tigers pulled off the impossible by trouncing top-of-the-standings Pure Youth Construction 87-57 at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night.

What should have been a stroll in the park for the three-time defending champions turned into a dog fight from the get-go as the Cats surprised them with a 20-point first quarter, with Lin Guan-luen downing five quick points after coming off the bench to led the attack.

Even though the Builders regrouped in the second quarter and reduced a seven-point deficit after one quarter of play to four points at halftime with a solid quarter of play, but the damage had already been done as the Tigers mustered the necessary confidence to blow the game wide open in a third quarter in which they smothered the league leaders and outscored the Builders 28-8 in one of the most dominating quarters of play seen this season.

The 24-point lead proved ample even for the basement-dwelling Cats, as they outmaneuvered the Builders 19-13 in a meaningless fourth to run away with a 30-point victory.

All 12 players made it into the score book on the night, with Norvel Pelle’s 13 points and eight rebounds leading the way.

For Pure Youth Construction, newcomer Garret Siler’s game-high 17 points was the lone highlight in a game in which they were held to a season-low eight points in the game-deciding third quarter.

“[Pure Youth Construction] just did not have their perimeter game on tonight and that was the difference in the game,” Dacin Tigers coach Hsu Chih-chao said after the game.

The Tigers have won three of their past four games after winning only five of their first 19 of the season.

TAIWAN BEER 80, KINMEN 76

Taiwan Beer rallied from a double-digit deficit in the first half with a solid second half to wear down Kinmen Kaoliang in the second game in New Taipei City last night.

It was the Brew Crew’s second straight victory in as many days following their rout of the Yulon Luxgens on Thursday.

Patrick O’Bryant had another huge day at the office with 37 points on the night following Thursday’s 42-point outburst.

The win also improved third-placed Taiwan Beer’s season record to 13-10, 3.5 games ahead of the fourth-placed Distillers.

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