Reaching the century mark in scoring for the second time this season, top-ranked Pure Youth Construction humbled Taiwan Beer 100-91 at the Sinjhuang Sport Complex in New Taipei City yesterday to improve their record to 8-1.
The defending champs took advantage of Chen Shih-jeh’s perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the field to claim a 29-17 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, leading by as many as 20 before settling for a nine-point win.
Chen ended up with a game-high 23 points after his 14-point scoring spree in the first quarter to go with Quincy Davis’ 21 points and 14 boards in the Builders’ victory.
Failure to contain the Pure Youth offense left Taiwan Beer trailing by more than 20 points at one point in the first half, digging a hole too deep for them to overcome despite scoring a season-high 56 points in the second half.
Three different players scored 20 or more points on the night for the Builders to lead a quartet of double-digit scorers, while the men in green had five double-digit scorers.
LUXGENS 80, LEOPARDS 78 (OT)
The Yulon Luxgens needed overtime to pull off a win over the slumping Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards in yesterday’s second game in Sinjhuang.
Chou Bo-chen’s three-point play the old fashion way turned a one-point deficit into a two-point lead for Yulon with eight seconds remaining in overtime and that was how it ended, as the Luxgens picked up win No. 4 to improve to 4-6.
The second-year forward out of National Taiwan Normal University had a chance to put the game away in the closing seconds of regulation time, but missed a crucial free throw that helped the Leopards force the game into an extra session. However, he nailed the free throw on the three-point play in overtime to redeem himself.
BANK OF TAIWAN 85, TIGERS 72
Bank of Taiwan made it two wins in a row by upending the Dacin Tigers in yesterday’s late game.
What should have been an easy win for the Tigers turned into a dogfight as the Bankers surprised the red-hot Cats, who had won their last five heading into the contest, by taking a 37-23 lead at the half.
However, the Bankers squandered their advantage in a third that ended 55-55 before rediscovering their shooting range in the fourth to pull away for good.