Lin "The Beast" Chih-jeh of Taiwan Beer became the Super Basketball League's (SBL) first 1,000-point man when he hit the game-winning free throw with six seconds remaining in a 82-81 win over the ETTV Antelopes on Friday at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium.
The victory ended the beermen's four-game losing streak as they reclaimed the fourth-place in the league standings.
"It [becoming the SBL's first 1,000-point man] does not bother me as much as everyone like to think, really.
As long as the team does well, I am happy with whatever comes along," Lin said after the game.
Along with a willingness to share the ball on offense, Taiwan Beer committed fewer turnovers (seven for the game, compared to their season average of 13.5) and had a better field goal percentage (45 percent for the game versus their season average of 41 percent).
Utility man Ho Sho-cheng added 20 points for the beermen, two shy of "The Beast's" team-high of 22, while point guard Chen Shih-nian added 19.
Antelopes' shooting guard Yang Yu-ming led all scorers with 27 points for the game, the inability to get the ball to All-Star center Wu Dai-hao (just six points for the night) and exploit the beermen's weak interior defense, hurt the Antelopes.
Hunters 80, Sina Lions 70
Game 1 on Friday between the Videoland Hunters and the Sina Lions wasn't the blowout most had expected, as Lions point guard Luo Hsin-liang and power forward Liu Yi-shiang were out of the lineup with injuries.
After a sloppy start by both teams that resulted in a 11-9 Hunters' lead at the end of the first quarter, the Lions went on a scoring spree, ringing up 23 points in the second quarter to lead the Hunters by six at the half (32-26).
The Hunters put down five three-pointers, sporadically take double-digit leads in the third quarter.
Yang Tseh-yi continued his red-hot shooting with a 6-for-9 night, including three long range shots from behind the three-point arc.
His game-high 17 points complemented fellow teammate Lee Chi-yi's double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds) nicely, as the Hunters won for the fifth time in six games to remain a one game behind the league-leading Dinos.