Shawn Hawkins couldn’t be stopped, scoring 23 of his game-high 38 points in the final quarter as KKL routed Yulon 98-86 Sunday and boosted its record to 6-2, the best start in team history.
Hawkins’ 23 in the fourth quarter tied SBL’s all-time record of most points in a quarter. Yulon’s Yang Che-yi, then playing for Videoland Hunters, set the previous record on March 6, 2005.
Hawkins’ scoring outburst led KKL, which trailed 66-64 after the third period for the comeback win.
Yulon suffered its first three-game losing streak in the SBL-era.
In other games, Dacin kept the top spot in the standing after defeating Taiwan Mobile. TM head coach Cheng Chih-lung was quoted as saying the team will replace import Antonio Grant because he "didn’t fit into the team offensive structure."
Grant has appeared in seven games and averages 11.7 points and 10.3 rebounds.
Taiwan Beer beat PY 84-76 for its 4th straight win. However, rumor said that TB is considering to replace its import Delvin Thomas.
Meanwhile, local media reported that Yulon owner Yen Kai-tai reiterated the team has no intention to add an import player before the import signing deadline will be Feb. 28 despite its mediocre performance in the past two weeks.
KKL 98-86 Yulon
KKL: S. Hawkins 38p, Cheng Jen-wei 24p, Chen Ching-huan 11p+9rb
Yulon: Lu Cheng-ju 28p, Tseng Wen-ting 12p+10rb+8a, Chou Shih-yuan 16p
TB 84-76 PY
TB: Yang Ching-min 22p, Ho Shou-cheng 16p, Yang Yu-min 12p
PY: Chang Yu-lin 21p, J. Sanders 14p+14rb
Dacin 88-76 TM
Dacin: B. Allen 17p+6rb, Chang Chih-feng 17p, Su Yi-chieh 14p, Tien Lei 13p+6rb
TM: Ouyang Ching-heng 21p, A. Grant 15p+11rb, Liu Sheng-yao 16p
Dacin 7-2, KKL 6-2, TB 5-3, Yulon 4-4, PY 4-5, TM 2-6, BOT 1-7
Tien Lei blocked Ouyang Ching-heng
(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)