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Brewers continue roll over weekend

PRO BASKETBALL Lin Chih-jeh continues to serve as a scoring machine, helping Taiwan Beer blow away the Tigers on Friday and crush the Antelopes on Saturday

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Lin Chih-jeh of Taiwan Beer squares up to get off a shot against the Antelopes at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium on Saturday. Taiwan Beer defeated the Antelopes 64-51 after beating the Tigers 89-69 on Friday.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SBL

Behind a strong showing from Lin "The Beast" Chih-jeh, Taiwan Beer won all three of its games last week in Taiwan's Super Basketball League.

The brew masters began the week with an 89-69 blowout victory over a surging Dacin Tigers squad Friday night, which had won four straight.

Lin was unstoppable in the first half, as he scored 20 points en route to a 30-point night.

Taiwan Beer then held the ETTV Antelopes to a season-low 51 points on New Year's Eve in a 64-51 decision, thanks to another outstanding effort by Lin (23 points and six rebounds), before making it three straight with Sunday's 87-71 triumph over the Bank of Taiwan.

Lin got some help from center Ha Hsiao-yuan, who turned in a career high 22 points from the low post.

Ha was a rebound shy of his first double-double of the season, collecting nine 'bounds off the glass.

After playing a decent first quarter, in which they trailed the beermen by just three (19-16), Bank of Taiwan fell back to its old, flat form and allowed Taiwan Beer to take over the game in a lopsided second quarter (27-13).

The beer crew added to its 46-29 halftime cushion by three to lead by 20 in a solid third quarter, putting away bankers in the eventual laugher.

Lin Chuin-fong's 19 points was the team-high for the bankers.

Dinos 71, Hunters 63

The Dinos made it look easy in their 71-63 win over the Hunters with a valiant fourth-quarter comeback that featured a decisive 16-0 scoring run.

The win capped a perfect 2-0 week of play for the defending champs to run their winning streak to five straight -- the most by any team so far this season.

Reserve center Wei Yong-tai was the unexpected hero in a game that showcased the usual Dinos attack which had four different starters in double-digit scoring.

It was Wei's eight points in the fourth quarter (15 for the game) that sparked the comeback rally to clinch an otherwise close match.

Hunters coach Chou Hai-rong's decision to start two reserve players (Hsu Kai-jeh and Chen Li-wei) and bench regular starters Chen Hui and Yang Tseh-yi in reaction to their poor performance against the bankers on Saturday appeared to fire up the squad as they played the Dinos evenly for the first three quarters.

Tigers 67, Antelopes 61

The Antelopes untimely turnover by Hsin Jin-chan with under 40 seconds left on the game clock handed the Dacin Tiger a 67-61 win on Sunday night.

The Antelopes were caught off guard by Dacin's Tien Lei, whose deadly three-pointer with less than two minutes remaiming put the big cats up for good at 62-60.

Wearing a black band around his injured right palm, Tien did not have his usual point production (13 points and 10 rebounds, compared to his 22-plus points-per-game scoring average prior to the game), showing obvious discomfort at times.

But with the game on the line, the two-time Most Valuable Player came through for the Tigers in a big way with a clutch "three" to avoid a 0-2 record for the week after suffering an ugly 20-point loss to Taiwan Beer on Friday.

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