A 37-point surge by the ETTV Antelopes during the fourth quarter ended in a 93-65 rout of the Videoland Hunters at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium in Taiwan's Super Basketball League action on Sunday.
Taking full advantage of an injured Huang Chuen-hsiung (the Hunters' veteran center who left the game midway through the fourth quarter) and a foul-plagued Lee Chi-yi (the Hunters' top scorer who played with four fouls in the second half and eventually fouled out of the game with three minutes remaining), the Antelopes erupted for a season-high 37 points to pull away with the easy win.
"We just executed our game plan," Antelopes coach Lee Yun-shiang said. "It may seem like a huge upset win for us, but I actually feel this is where we should be about now."
Lee had given his team seven games to work out the kinks in their game amid the absence of the Antelopes' All-Star center Wu Dai-hao, who is now playing for the Brigham Young University at Hawaii, and former Yulon great Chen "Air Man" Hsin-an, who was banned from playing for the Antelopes after a bitter contract dispute.
Sunday's game began with the Antelopes scoring 21 points in the first quarter for a 21-15 lead.
Then came a deadly Hunters' perimeter attack that included six three-pointers in a 26-point second quarter to help them take a 41-37 halftime lead.
The third quarter was all Antelopes as a stingy defense held the Hunters to single-digit scoring, handing the lead back to the Antelopes for good.
Four different Antelopes players scored 10 or more points, led by guards Yang Yu-ming and Wu Jia-long with 17 points each. Veteran point guard Chou Jung-san also had a solid game in his return from an injury, with seven points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Antelopes won both of their games this weekend.
Bank of Taiwan 86, YMY 75
The Bank of Taiwan upset the Yulon Dinos on Saturday and made it two in a row with an 86-75 win over YMY on Sunday.
The bankers took a 21-15 first quarter lead behind a strong start by forwards Chuang Hsiao-wen and Lin Chuin-fong, and then stretched their lead to as many as 25 points at one point in the third quarter.
If it had not been for a 30-point rally by YMY in the fourth quarter, the bankers' margin of victory would have been in the 20s.
Leading the way for a balanced Bank of Taiwan attack that featured five different players in double-digit scoring were Lin and speedy point guard Jien Ming-fu, whose 18-point nights provided a sound foundation for the bankers' offense.
YMY point production came from guards Luo Hsin-liang with 26 points and Wang Shih-jeh with 19.
Taiwan Beer 95, Tigers 88
The showdown between Taiwan Beer and the Tigers on Sunday night turned into a free throw shooting contest, with the beer crew getting the last laugh in a 95-88 decision.
The offensive leader for each team -- Lin "The Beast" Chih-jeh of Taiwan Beer and Tien Lei for the Tigers -- did their part in putting up 29 and 28 points, respectively.
What no one foresaw was the 44 combined fouls in the game that sent the two teams to the charity stripe for a total of 51 times (23 for the beermen and 28 for the Tigers).
Even though the Tigers made it to the free throw line five times more than the brewers, they only managed to hit one more than the brewers.