Taiwan Beer needed triple overtime to defeat the Dacin Tigers in a 118-113 thriller at the Miaoli County Arena yesterday and finish off the week on a high note.
The win not only gave the Brew Crew a perfect 2-0 weekend, but more importantly improved their record to 5-5 to put them at No. 3 in the standings.
After committing a turnover near the end of the second overtime period that allowed the Tigers to force the contest into a third extra-time session, Liu Chan more than redeemed himself by netting four of his team’s final dozen on a career-high 32-point night.
“Toward the end, I just wanted to finish [the game] because we were all too tired to play any more,” Liu said after the third-ever triple overtime game in the SBL.
He was on the floor for nearly 52 of the 55 minutes played, second only to teammate Patrick O’Bryant, with 52 minutes, 34 seconds. The duo accounted for 63 of Taiwan Beers 118 points.
In a game that Taiwan Beer should have won in regulation time, the diehard Tigers showed tremendous resilience by draining a game-tying three-pointer by Lin Guan-luen to usher in the first overtime session.
It took a rare four straight misses from the free-throw line by Taiwan Beer’s Wang Chien-wei to give the Tigers enough breathing room to force the second extra session before Liu’s ill-advised inbound pass led to a four-point turnaround that set up the third.
With a three-men deep bench, the Tigers took a Brew Crew who played as many as nine on a regular basis as far as any team could have. However, their lack of depth on the bench ultimately proved insurmountable as they suffered a disheartening loss to close out the weekend with a 0-2 mark.
LEOPARDS 88, BANK OF TAIWAN 75
The Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards bounced back from a tough loss to the top-ranked Pure Youth Construction with a victory over Bank of Taiwan in Miaoli County last night to maintain their second-place spot in the standings.
Luke Nevill racked up a season-high 29 points with 17 rebounds to lead the Leopards on a night when they desperately needed a big showing from him to pick up the slack after fellow big man Wu Dai-hao was limited to six minutes of floor time due to injury.
Also starring for the Leopards was Cheng Ren-wei, who came off the bench for the Leopards with 19 points in less than 20 minutes.
Also yesterday, it was:
‧ Luxgens 84, Pure Youth 81