Builders bounce back and down Beer, level series

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 30, 2015
By: Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Top seeds Pure Youth Construction bounced back from a tough loss in the series opener on

Pure Youth Construction’s Chen Jian-en shoots against Taiwan Beer in Game 2 of the SBL finals series at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium last night. The Builders won the game to level the series 1-1.  Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

Pure Youth Construction’s Chen Jian-en shoots against Taiwan Beer in Game 2 of the SBL finals series at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium last night. The Builders won the game to level the series 1-1. Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

Saturday night with an 85-67 win over Taiwan Beer in Game 2 of the SBL finals series at the Kaohsiung Fengshan Gymnasium last night to even up the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Three three-pointers by Chen Jian-en in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter sparked a 13-2 run by the Builders that proved to be the difference as they shook off a pesky Brew Crew who rallied from two double-digit deficits earlier in the contest to stay ahead for good.

“I’d like to thank my teammates for encouraging me to keep on shooting, their confidence was a big help to me,” Chen said.

Chen’s timely surge helped the three-time defending champions avoid what would have been a 0-2 hole in their quest for an unprecedented fourth straight title.

A sloppy start by the Builders’ defense paved the way for the Brew Crew in the early going as they took a 16-14 lead after one quarter of play behind six quick points by Liu Cheng, but Pure Youth regrouped by converting six of nine from behind the three-point arc to outscore their opponents 29-19 in a dominant second quarter to claim a 43-35 advantage at halftime.     [FULL  STORY]

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