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.

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