Leopards rally from five points down to defeat Brew Crew

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Mon, Mar 17, 2014 - Page 20

A pair of three-pointers by Wu Yung-ren led the way in a 26-point third for the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards as they rallied from a five-point deficit at the half to top Taiwan Beer in a 76-74 final at the University of Taipei Gymnasium in Tianmu last night.

The win not only evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1 for the Leopards, who dropped the opener to the Brew Crew the night before, but also brought them back from a near-disastrous first quarter that put them at risk of an 0-2 start in the series.

Taiwan Beer opened with a 14-5 advantage in the first five minutes of play behind a strong effort by Patrick O’Bryant and kept the lead at eight, despite allowing the Leopards to get in the game with a small run of their own toward the end of RUN

After an evenly fought second quarter that brought the Leopards to within five, the second-seeds decided to take their game up a notch by outscoring Taiwan Beer 26-15 in the third, highlighted by a 7-2 run in the first three minutes of the quarter to take a 56-50 lead.

That was the break that the Leopards needed to turn the tide, as they held off a tenacious comeback attempt by the Brew Crew with some clutch baskets late in the game from hired gun Luke Nevill to secure the victory.


The Dacin Tigers bounced back from a 10-point defeat in Saturday night’s opener with a 80-67 trouncing of Pure Youth Construction in Game Two in Tianmu late yesterday afternoon to knot the best-of-seven series at one win apiece.

Dacin came out firing in the series-equalizer with a stellar defense that held the two-time defending champs to seven points in the opening quarter, before following up that act with an equally impressive second quarter to double up the Builders in a 32-16 affair at the half.


Even though Pure Youth would break out of their scoring slump in the third quarter with 23 points, it did not put a dent in the Tigers’ lead, as they also netted 23 over the same time span to take a 55-39 lead into the fourth quarter.

Pure Youth managed to reduce the deficit to 10 during the fourth and actually came within nine of the Tigers with a pair of free-throws from Chien Chia-hung with approximately a minute remaining in the contest, but that was as close as they got as the Cats buckled down and held on to win it by 13.