Builders win completes Beer sweep

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Mon, Feb 09, 2015 - Page 20

Top-ranked Pure Youth Construction maintained their perfect week with a 79-75 victory over Taiwan Beer at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night to lift their league-best mark to 20-6.

Doug Creighton’s tie-breaking three with less than a minute to play gave his team the lead for good as the Builders showed tremendous tenacity by rallying from a second-half deficit to escape with an emotional win.

Trailing by two in the closing seconds, Taiwan Beer had one final chance to tie the game with a two-pointer, or win it with a three, but a deadly turnover by Liu Cheng scratched the idea in what ended up being a four-point swing to demolish the Brew Crew’s hopes.

Thirteen quick points by Patrick O’Bryant in the opening frame set the tone in favor of the Brew Crew as they demonstrated uncanny desire to beat the three-time defending champs after failing to do so in all four of their previous meetings this season.

However, the Builders were equal to the task, spreading the scoring burden around in a hard-fought first half to trail the men in the familiar green trim by two at the half. Pure Youth’s Chen Tzu-wei and Garret Siler netted seven points apiece in the first half.

Three three’s by Lu Chi-min gave the Brew Crew some breathing room early in the third, only for the Builders to fight back with eight points from Siler to claim a 54-53 advantage at the end of the third, setting the stage for a seesaw affair in the fourth before Pure Youth prevailed.

“[Pure Youth Construction] are really a hard to put away; we have had leads against them in just about every game we have played, but simply could not hold on in the end,” Taiwan Beer’s Yen Chia-hua said after the game.

His crew finishes with a stunning 0-5 record against the Builders in regular-season play.

BANK OF TAIWAN 78, DACIN TIGERS 74

Bank of Taiwan won against the Dacin Tigers, fending off a late-game rally by the Cats in the weekend finale.

After an evenly fought first quarter that ended in a 14-all tie, the Bankers looked to their long bombs for help in the second quarter, converting four of eight from beyond the three-point arc in a 25-point scoring burst to enjoy a 39-29 lead at the half.

That sparked an all-out rally in the third by the Tigers, who rolled off a 12-2 run in the first four minutes of the quarter to tie the game at 41-all.

The two teams traded leads smaller than four for the next 10 minutes, with Chen Guo-wei and Chen Hsuan-hsiang picking up the scoring slack for the Bankers, and Chou Yi-hsiang and Chang Chih-fong doing the same for the Tigers.

It took a clutch three by Chen Guo-wei midway through the fourth to turn a 58-60 deficit into a 61-60 lead for the Bankers, a lead they did not relinquish, despite several comeback attempts by the Tigers.

The Financial Wizards pocketed their eleventh win of the season.