The Dacin Tigers surprised the previously unbeaten defending champs Pure Youth Construction by taking a double-digit lead in the first half before coming on strong in the final quarter to pull off an improbable 84-78 win at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon.
The victory not only upped the Cats’ current winning streak to three straight, but also put them over the .500 mark in win percentage for the first time this season.
“We knew it would be very tough to beat [Pure Youth], but we were able to pull together as a team to get the job done,” Dacin skipper Hsu Chih-chao said after the game.
However, the win came at a price for the Tigers, who lost top scorer Tien Lei for at least a week to an injury to his left ankle in the second quarter.
After the Tigers ended the first quarter with a 20-12 lead, the Builders managed to get back on track with Player-of-the-Week Tsai Wen-cheng scoring 10 of their next 32 points over the next two quarters to claim a 53-49 advantage heading into the fourth.
However, the Tigers’ Chen Tzu-wei made sure his team would not lose the game as he erupted for 16 points in the decisive fourth quarter to outscore the Builders 35-25 and run away with the victory.
The absence of starting point guard Chen Shih-jeh due to an injury might have cost the Builders the game as they turned the ball over for an uncharacteristic 21 times, including two in the game’s final minute to set their rally short by a few points.
Luxgens 79, Kinmen Liquor 65
The Yulon Luxgens won back-to-back games for the first time this season with a convincing victory over Kinmen Liquor in the second game in Sinjhuang early yesterday evening.
Backcourt tandem Chou Shih-yuan and Chen Chih-chung teamed up for 40-plus points for the second straight game, with 43 on the night, following a 44-point outburst against Bank of Taiwan on Friday to lead the Luxgens in the big win.
Shutting down Lin Guan-luen and Taylor King was the key to victory for Yulon as they held the Distillers’ top scoring threat to 19 combined points in the game, a tremendous improvement to the 61 points they allowed to Lin and King in their first meeting that ended in a Yulon loss.
Taiwan Beer 83, Bank of Taiwan 82
Byron Allen’s three-point play the old-fashioned way with 1.5 seconds remaining in the game brought Taiwan Beer from two down to escape with a win in the nightcap in Sinjhuang last night.
It was the ultimate redemption for the American center who missed all eight of his free-throw attempts prior to making the final one that helped the Brew Crew rally from as many as 11 down in the fourth quarter in a dramatic comeback victory.