Scoring eight of his team’s last 10 points in the final minute of the contest, Chang Bo-wei propelled National Taiwan University of Arts past top-ranked National Taiwan Normal University 89-75 at Mingdao University in Changhua on Sunday in an upset win over the defending champs at the annual University Basketball Association (UBA) tournament.
The late-game surge by the sophomore forward stole the show in what should have been an easy win for National Taiwan Normal (8-2) that would have clinched a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Elite Eight for the defending champs. Instead, they will have to win the final game of the eleven-game first round against Hsing Wu College to win the tiebreak against Mingdao University, which is also expected to end with a 9-2 record.
“I hope my second half performance made up for a scoreless first half,” Chang said humbly after the game.
He would end up with 21 points and five steals to prove that his first-round draft status by the Taiwan Mobile Leopards was no fluke.
Diwan University 70 National Taiwan College of Physical Education 63
Tainan’s Diwan University kept its hope for advancement alive with a 70-63 win over National Taiwan College of Physical Education on Sunday, thanks to a great all-around effort from point man Su Yu-sheng.
Su dominated National Taiwan Physical Ed’s defense with several spectacular drives to the basket as well as three three-pointers to amass a game-high 24 points to go along his seven rebounds and four steals on the night.
Superior three-point shooting by Diwan was the difference in the game as it shot an incredible 11-for-23 from behind the three-point arc against a lethargic zone defense by National Taiwan Physical Ed that often seemed a step slower.
What had been an evenly played first half turned into an all-Diwan third quarter as it went on a 20-11 run in the quarter to take a double-digit lead.
That was more than ample for coach Huang Yi-shiang and his crew, which held off a 7-0 run by National Taiwan Physical Ed that reduced Diwan’s lead to four in the victory.
• Mingdao University 96, National Donghwa University 52
• Hsing Wu College 89, National Taiwan Sport University 62
• Chinese Culture University 94, Taipei Physical Education College 57
• Fu Jen Catholic University 70, National Kaohsiung Normal University 61
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