Bank of Taiwan committed the cardinal sin of sports by underestimating Malaysia yesterday, dropping a 73-61 decision to the visitors on the third day of this year’s Hualien Probation Cup Basketball Tournament at the Hualien County Sports Complex.
Sharpshooter and team captain Chen Hsuen-shiang was not available for the game because of a shoulder injury that he suffered the day before, but that should not have allowed the Bankers to lose to Malaysia, winless in their previously two contests before the upset victory yesterday.
“We simply did not have our game faces on today and that will do it to you no matter who your opponents are,” Bank of Taiwan skipper Lai Liang-chung said after the game.
The Bankers fell behind early in the first quarter and never recovered from it.
ELITE TALENT EXCHANGE 94, LEOPARDS 64
Trouble continued for the Taiwan Mobile Leopards as they fell short to a much stronger Elite Talent Exchange squad from the US in a 94-64 final to remain winless at 0-4.
In other games, it was:
‧ Pure Youth 114,
Kinmen Liquor 96
‧ Elite Talent Exchange 78,
Yulon Luxgens 70
‧ Taiwan Beer 87,
Dacin Tigers 75
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