Chinese Culture University made it four in a row in Elite Eight play at the University Basketball Association (UBA) tournament on Thursday by outdueling National Taiwan College of Physical Education 91-85 in overtime in front of a big home crowd.
Forward Lu Cheng-rue (Yulon Luxgens) saved his best for last by scoring a dozen of Chinese Culture’s 16 points in overtime to champion the hosts, who trailed by as many as 14 points early in the second half. He ended up with a game-high 26 points for the second straight night.
Wu Jien-long (Pure Youth Construction) also starred for Chinese Culture, with a put-back basket following a missed free throw in the closing seconds of regulation that forced a 75-all tie to send the game into overtime. Wu and Lu each had 26 points, making them the game’s top scorers.
National Taiwan Physical Ed had a chance to win it in regulation after Wu’s put-back bucket in the closing seconds, but guard Wu Chih-chiang was called for a backcourt violation on the ensuing inbound pass that turned the ball over. It would have been a sweet upset win for the future PE teachers, who dealt Mingdao University a shocking loss earlier in the week.
Fu Jen 80, NTUA 71
Fu Jen Catholic kept their qualify hopes for the upcoming Final Four alive with a big win over National Taiwan University of Arts on Thursday night.
Sophomore guard Lin Wei-han led the Fu Jen attack with an outstanding all-around effort consisting of 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. His half-dozen in the final three minutes of the contest killed a tenacious rally by the artists.
Mingdao 79, Diwan 70
Favored Mingdao University nearly squandered a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but held off winless Diwan University in the fourth for the win.
After pulling within a deuce, Diwan’s critical five-second violation on an inbound pass in the fourth led to a 7-0 run by Mingdao that sealed the deal.
NTNU 97, Hsing Wu College 64
National Taiwan Normal University remained unbeaten at 4-0 this week by cruising past winless Hsing Wu College.