Lin “the Beast” Chih-jeh broke out of a two-game slump with an outstanding effort on Monday night to help Taiwan Team A defeat their brethren Team B 87-74 in Game 3 of the Jones Cup at the Taipei County Sinjhuang Gymnasium.
The Taiwan Beer team icon — who led the Brew Crew to back-to-back titles in 2007 and last year — finally played to his season-MVP form, with a game-high 22 points to help his club remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Despite the obvious disparity in the talent and experience between the two squads, Team B came out firing against the favored Team A by nailing five three-pointers to lead 23-14 after the first quarter.
Team B continued its offensive surge in the second quarter, pulling off several brilliant steals on defense to hold a seven-point lead at the halftime buzzer.
Team A skipper Chung Kwang-suk’s halftime talk must have gotten through to his troops because they played like a completely different team in the second half. The Beast and fellow Taiwan Beer center Wu Dai-hao led the charge in a 10-2 run that gave them a 49-48 lead, after which they stayed on top for the remainder of the game.