Red-hot Pure Youth Construction opened the Year of Snake with a dramatic 94-90 win over Kinmen Kaoliang at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night.
Back-to-back threes by Doug Creighton in the game’s final 90 seconds broke an 87-all tie to give the Builders a six-point cushion, a lead they just managed to keep to avoid what would have been a huge upset loss.Creighton finished with 16 points in the game, second only to fellow center Quincy Davis’ team-high 21.
The league-leaders came out firing in a fast-pace first quarter where they downed three threes to claim a 29-16 advantage against the underdogs.
The Distillers answered with a 22-point second quarter to keep the deficit under 10 at the half.
After an evenly fought third, Lin Guan-luen of the Distillers decided to take his game up a notch as the shooting guard out of Nan Shan Senior High went on an offensive rampage. He scored five threes to help his team rally from as many as eleven down in the quarter to tie the game at 87-all with 1:43 remaining, setting the stage for Creighton’s game-saving threes.
LEOPARDS 85, BANK OF TAIWAN 73
The Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards also opened the Year of the Snake with a 85-73 win over Bank of Taiwan in the second game in Sinjhuang last night to tie with the Dacin Tigers in second place.