Overcoming a 10-point deficit at the half, the Yulon Luxgens erupted for nearly 50 points over the final 20 minutes to beat the Dacin Tigers 82-77 at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon.
New signing Herve Lamizana, who has played professionally in North America, Europe and Asia, came off a dismal first half for the Luxgens with a brilliant second period. The Ivorian scored 11 points in the third quarter, and 22 in total, to lead the underdogs to victory.
“It’s been over six months since I played in an organized game, so I was a little rusty in the beginning,” Lamizana said after the game.
Also starring for the Luxgens were forwards Wu Fong-cheng and Lu Cheng-rue, who netted 20 and 19 points respectively to help their team bounce back from a pair of losses.
Dacin rode the red-hot shooting of three-point threats Chen Tzu-wei and Yueh Ying-li, who connected for six combined three’s against Yulon’s zone defense in the first half, but failed to sustain the success against the man-to-man defense subsequently employed by Yulon.
They were only able to convert 3-for-15 from behind the three-point line to lose the game by five in the end.
Pure Youth 84, Leopards 60
Top-ranked Pure Youth Construction embarrassed the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards 84-60 in the second game in Sinjhuang yesterday.
The Builders led by as many as 36 points after holding the Leopards to a season-low 19 points in the first half before playing their reserves for more than a quarter in the second half.
Failure to achieve good ball flow cost the Leopards the game as they deviated from their usual pass-intensive offensive play by going solo on most of their offensive sets, which netted them only nine assists in the game.
The victory widened the Builders’ lead over the second-placed Leopards to a season-high four games, with the two clubs seemingly heading in opposite directions, with the Tigers and Luxgens lurking not far behind.
Bank of Taiwan 85, Taiwan Beer 68
Taiwan Beer proved no match for Bank of Taiwan in the final game in Sinjhuang last night.
A bad evening for the Brew Crew was made worse after forward Liu Chan suffered a season-ending dislocated left elbow after falling awkwardly during the third quarter.