What goes up must come down.
The ancient Chinese proverb could not be more appropriate to describe Kinmen Liquor’s final weekend of play this year. What should have been a relatively easy win over Bank of Taiwan turned into a 71-61 defeat at the Sinjhuang Sport Complex in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon.
The Distillers missed a golden opportunity to close out the year on a high note as they let the game slip through their fingers with a dismal second half in a losing cause.
Seven first-quarter points by Hsu Cheng-wen helped Kinmen Liquor take a 15-10 lead in the first 10 minutes of play, before the Bankers answered with a solid second-half performance to tie the game at 27-all at the half.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Wang Nan-kwei off the Bankers’ bench, coupled with Chen Guo-wei’s deuce, championed an 8-0 run for the underdogs that caught the Distillers completely off guard.
The Bankers managed to keep the cushion at a comfortable seven-or-more the rest of the way as they went on to defeat Kinmen Liquor by 10, ruining the Distillers’ chance to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
Leopards 69, Luxgens 62
Noel Felix scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in an outstanding effort that lifted the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards past the Yulon Luxgens in a 69-62 final in the second game at Sinjhuang last night.
The power forward out of Fresno State University took advantage of a shorthanded Yulon interior defense that was missing hired gun Emmanuel Jones through injury and converted several crucial buckets from close range to humble the four-time champs.
The win propelled the Leopards back to the No. 2 spot in the standings.
The Dacin Tigers had the day off for a well-deserved rest after a dropping a tough game to Taiwan Beer the night before.
Pure Youth 79, Taiwan Beer 75
Pure Youth Constructions capped off a long three-game weekend with a 79-75 win over Taiwan Beer to close out the year on a high.
The win salvaged a winning record for the league leaders, who began the weekend with a one-point loss to the Dacin Tigers on Friday and needed back-to-back wins to finish with a 2-1 mark for the weekend.