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SBL: Taiwan Beer catch Tigers by the tail for 62-59 win

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing Reporter

Emmanuel Jones’ strong drive to the hoop put Taiwan Beer ahead 60-59 with less than 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Brew Crew held on to defeat the Dacin Tigers 62-59 at the Sinjhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City last night. Taiwan Beer now lead the Championship Finals by one game to zero.

What should have been an -upset win for the Tigers who led by as many as eight early in the fourth turned into a dog fight in the last five minutes as the Cats missed 12-of-14 from the free throw line to keep Taiwan Beer in the game.

“We definitely made the free throws when it counted most,” Taiwan Beer guard Chen Shih-nian said after the game.

His timely surge in the fourth quarter that included a perfectly executed give-and-go from Wu Dai-hao gave Taiwan Beer their first lead in the fourth and swung the momentum in their favor for good.

The showdown between two of the most popular clubs in the league started with the Brew Crew taking an early 9-4 lead before each team went on a 9-0 run to close out the first quarter with Taiwan Beer leading 18-15.

Taiwan Beer increased their lead to as much as eight early in the second with Doug Creighton and Ho Sho-cheng combining for nine points only to see the Cats counter with Alexus Foyle scoring six of their next eight to keep the deficit at three (31-28) by the end of the first half.

Neither team could find its way to the basket early in the second half as the score remained at 31-28 for nearly three minutes before the Tigers went on an 18-7 run, highlighted by Foyle’s half-dozen points, to enjoy an eight-point cushion by the end of the quarter.

However, poor free-throw shooting on the part of the Tigers, including an unprecedented 0-for-8 by team icon Tien Lei allowed the Brew Crew back in the game.They chipped away at the deficit in the quarter, setting the stage for the dramatic come-from-behind victory in the final minute.

Trailing by three, the Tigers had one last chance to force the game into overtime with Tien launching a desperate three-point effort from near midcourt.

However, the shot bounced off the rim after ricocheting off the glass, ending Dacin’s final hope.

TONIGHT’S GAME:

The two teams will meet again for Game 2 at 7pm in Sinjhuang this evening.

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