Mon, Sep 03, 2007 - Page 20 News List

Shandong, Beer win in the Straits Cup

By Don Silver  /  Staff Reporter

After trailing for most of the match, Shandong beat Jiangsu in the first game of the yesterday's Straits Cup tournament by a final of 80-74 in Miaoli in a matchup of two teams from the Chinese Basketball Association.

Both teams came out firing, with Jiangsu seizing a 14-7 lead on the strength of two 3-pointers in the first five minutes.

Shandong clawed back into the game as the teams exchanged one-point leads in the first three minutes of the second quarter. The half ended with Jiangsu leading 32-29.

The teams traded baskets as the third quarter opened, with Jiangsu leading 40-36 after four minutes. Shandong clawed back to tie the score with 30 seconds left and took a 56-54 lead as the quarter ended.

Shandong's Fang Hui penetrated the lane as the fourth quarter opened and scored to give his team their biggest lead of the game at 58-54.

A huge Shandong three put them up by four with four minutes left to play. Li then hit a two-pointer to make the score 69-65 in Shandong's favor and a pair of layups increased their advantage to 73-67 with 2:30 left. With Jiangsu applying full-court defensive pressure, Shandong's 78-72 lead stood until 30 seconds left, when Jiangsu scored on a fast break. Shandong scored the final points of the match with two free throws to win the game 80-74.

Taiwan Beer 77, Dacin Tigers 64

In a matchup of two Super Basketball League teams, Taiwan Beer pulled away in the third and fourth quarters for a convincing win.

Layups by Wu Dai-hao and Yang gave Taiwan Beer a 22-19 advantage with six minutes left in the first half, but Dacin knotted the score at 24 at three minutes. A putback by Dacin knotted the score at 28 with a minute left to play in the half before the Tigers nailed a three to take the lead. A long three by Dacin's Chieh Chia-hung ended the half with the score 36-28.

The teams started third quarter with more energy and the quarter ended with Beer leading 53-48.

The fourth quarter started all Taiwan Beer as a series of fast breaks and shots in the paint gave them a 63-51 lead with six minutes left in the game.

With 3:30 left, Taiwan Beer had removed doubt about the game's outcome by surging to a 15-point lead. A three by the Beast with three minutes left stretched the lead and the game ended with the beer men winning 77-64.

This story has been viewed 1614 times.

Comments will be moderated. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned.

TOP top