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Beer drowns sorrows against Lions

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

With more than 50-percent accuracy from behind the three-point line, Taiwan Beer surprised the second-placed Sina Lions on Saturday night with a stunning 98-77 victory to snap their three-game losing streak.

The Beer men missed the century mark by two as their final shot of the game bounced off the rim.

Lin "the Monster" Chih-jeh (林志傑) led the way for Taiwan Beer with 28 points, 10 boards and four assists in a stellar performance. But the highlight of the game was the brilliant game played by reserve forward Hsu "the Fridge" Cheng-wen (許誠文) whose season-high 15 points propelled his team to victory.

Hsu had averaged only 3.3 points a game before the contest and definitely made a case for more playing time to Coach Fu Ming-ren (傅明仁).

The loss set the once-invincible Lions back another game to run their current losing streak to three. One can hardly believe that this is the same squad that owns the league record for the longest winning streak at 12, as it desperately searches for answers to its recent slump.

With the BCC Mars just two games behind in the league standings and six games left to play in the regular season, the Lions must quickly find a way to regain their winning form if they wish to finish the season on a high note.

Mars 95, Elephants 90

More than 1,900 fans packed the Taipei Sports Education College arena to witness the high-octane Mars offense nearly hit the 100 against the Jeoutai Elephants in Game 2 on Saturday night.

Playing as if defense did not exist, the two teams combined to put a total of 185 points up on the board, clearing the previous single-game scoring mark of 177 in a shootout between the Yulon Dinos and the Mars earlier in the season.

Dinos 104, Bank of Taiwan 74

The only thing more encouraging to Coach Chien Yi-fei (錢一飛) than the Yulon Dinos' impressive 104-74 victory over Bank of Taiwan on Sunday afternoon was the fact that his club did it without getting its best effort from star player Chen Hsin-an (陳信安).

Although the Dinos were playing the league's weakest team, the fact that they managed to break the century mark for the second time this season with only 13 points from Chen should turn a few heads because it means that teams will have to worry about more than Chen if they want to beat the Dinos.

Tigers 98, Taiwan Beer 86

Scoring 20 or more points in each of the four quarters, the Dacin Tigers came within two points of becoming the second team to reach the 100-point plateau this season in a 98-86 decision over Taiwan Beer on Sunday.

The 35-for-72 shooting from the floor placed all but one Tiger starter in double-digit scoring, making it their best offensive performance of the season by far.

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