Hsu Tseh-hsin's 28-point effort, including a buzzer-beating shot that forced the game into overtime, propelled the ETTV Antelopes past the Videoland Hunters for an 88-81 upset victory on Friday night.
The former starting point guard who had been demoted to his reserve role after the arrival of 13-year veteran Chou Jung-san at the beginning of the season, made every minute count by shooting 11-for-18 from the floor.
"A-san [Chou Jung-san] was not at full strength for the game because of a stomach virus, so we decided to put Hsu Tesh-hsin in the game," Head coach Lee Yun-hsiang said after the game. "It worked out well for us."
The Antelopes defeated the Hunters for the second time this season for a 2-2 split in their confrontations -- something no other club has achieved so far this season.
The loss snapped the Hunters three-game winning streak and left them a full game behind the league-leading Dinos in the SBL standings as they get ready to take on Taiwan Beer.
"The crazy schedule really hurt us tonight," Hunters assistant coach Chou Hai-rong said, referring to the fact that the University Basketball Association also had scheduled a game on the same day. "How can anyone expect us to do well when our top scorer [Yang Tesh-yi] could not make it to the game until the second half because he had another game to play before this one?"
Without the service of Yang, who still led his team in scoring with16 points, the Hunters were not nearly as potent as they had been previously on offense.
Bank of Taiwan 73, Lions 60
The next game between the Bank of Taiwan and the Sina Lions also featured a red-hot shooter in Jien Ming-fu, as the reserve point man made the most of a rare start by ringing up 20 points for the bankers in their 73-60 win.
Jien (163cm) is proof that height is not always a factor on the basketball court.
Jien was 6-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc to back up his outstanding 44.1 percent three-point shooting percentage for the season.
Four starters scored in the double-digits for the financial wizards as they avenged an earlier loss to the Lions.
Paul Pierce squandered a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but wasn't about to waste a second opportunity.
Pierce scored a season-high 38 points, hit the game-winning jumper with 23 seconds left and deflected Tayshaun Prince's 3-point attempt on Detroit's last possession, helping the Boston Celtics beat the Pistons 115-113 in double overtime Friday night.
The Celtics won for the sixth time in seven games since trading for Antoine Walker and maintained a three-game lead over Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.
Boston had chances to win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime, but Pierce missed a 15-footer as time expired in regulation, and Ricky Davis, who finished with 23 points, misfired on a turnaround jumper at the buzzer in the first overtime.
Pierce, who also had 12 rebounds, sank the winning shot over Rasheed Wallace in the second overtime.
The Celtics snapped a five-game losing skid against Detroit, winning against the Pistons for the first time since a 99-92 victory at home on April 16, 2003. The Pistons lost their fourth consecutive road game and have dropped four of five overall.
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