Tempers flared in Saturday’s showdown between National Taiwan Normal University and the defending champs from Fu Jen Catholic University where the future educators from Taipei City humbled their cross-town rivals from Taipei County in a 92-71 final in the second round action of the University Basketball Association (UBA) championship.
Several questionable calls on the part of the officiating crew, coupled with the vendetta-seeking mindset of the National Taiwan Normal led to the ejection of head coach Shih Ming-tsong and starting center Wu Dai-hao for throwing his coat in protest of a call and intentionally fouling an opposing player respectively.
Both parties were expected to serve a one-game suspension in yesterday’s contest versus the 11-0 Chinese Culture University in the battle of the two unbeatens, where the winners will earn an automatic top-seed berth in the upcoming Finals next March.
With big name SBL players such as Wu, Jien Jia-hong, and Cheng Ren-wei in its lineup and Fu Jen missing three of its regular starters due to injuries and other off-court problems, the game was all-National Taiwan Normal from the opening topoff. Even though Fu Jen had the home crowd behind it and flashed signs of brilliance at times, there were never any doubts about the outcome of this one as National Taiwan Normal breezed right by the home hosts.
In other actions earlier on Saturday, National Taiwan University of Arts downed the National Kaohsiung Normal University in a sloppily played 54-45 affair to up its record to 2-4 in the second round of play.
Versatile guard/forward for the artists Chang Bo-sheng led all scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds in his third double-double performance of the week to account for nearly a third of his team’s total offense.