Luxgens level SBL series with win over Pure Youth

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Fri, Mar 22, 2013 - Page 20

Overcoming third-quarter deficits as large as a dozen, the Yulon Luxgens outfought top-ranked Pure Youth Construction in an 84-83 thriller to take Game 4 of their SBL semi-final series at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium in Tianmu last night.

The win put the four-time champions on even terms with the defending champs in the best-of-seven affair.

Leading the way for the victorious Luxgens was Lu Cheng-rue, who nailed the go-ahead three with 51 seconds remaining to turn an 81-82 deficit into an 84-82 lead.


That was not Lu’s last contribution, as he rushed back on defense in the closing seconds after the Builders had reduced the deficit to a lone point and timed his jump perfectly to block what would have been the game-winning basket by Pure Youth’s Tsai Wen-cheng to seal the deal for Yulon.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that your teammates are behind you 100 percent and have total confidence in you,” an excited Lu said after the game.


The final three-pointer capped his brilliant 6-for-9 shooting from behind the three-point arc on a game-high 19-point effort to bring the Luxgens back to life after they had suffered a disheartening 69-67 defeat on Sunday in a game they could have easily won.

Trailing by two after Lu’s go-ahead three, Pure Youth had a chance to tie the game with 35 seconds remaining on a pair of free throw attempts by James Mao, but the normally surehanded swingman missed one of them as he failed to take a golden opportunity to tie the game.

The two teams will have a day off today before gearing up for tomorrow’s Game 5 in Tianmu.

In yesterday’s second SBL semi-final the Leopards downed the Tigers 88-76.