SERIES LEVELED:Patrick O’Bryant and Liu Cheng combined to produce a 5-0 run in the third quarter, which helped Taiwan Beer overcome a 39-34 deficit at halftime
Date: Apr 18, 2016
By Paul Huang / Contributing reporter
Holding Pure Youth Construction to just eight points in the third quarter, Taiwan
Beer rallied from a five-point, first-half deficit with a superior second half, stifling the Builders with a final score of 81-72 at the Kaohsiung Feng Shan Gymnasium last night to take Game 2 of the championship finals.
The victory not only cooled off the Builders, who seemed well on their way to win the game with a solid first half, but more importantly evened the best-of-seven series at one apiece as another loss by the Brew Crew would have put them in a hole.
Liu Cheng broke out of a scoreless slump in the first half with 16 points in the second half, 10 of which came during the decisive fourth quarter to corral his club past the four-time defending champions.
“I just tried not to let [his scoreless first half] bother me and kept shooting the ball if the shots were there,” Liu said after the game.
His timely surge could be trouble for Pure Youth now that the series is essentially a best-of-five. [FULL STORY]