Taoyuan County’s National Taiwan Sport University snapped a two-game slide in the second round of the annual University Basketball Association (UBA) tournament by upending National Taiwan University of Science and Technology 77-67 at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei yesterday afternoon to keep alive their hopes of advancing.
Winless since Sunday after a pair of tough losses, National Taiwan Sport needed a big win against their Techie rivals from Taipei to stay in the hunt for a top-six finish among the 12 contenders and that was exactly what they got, thanks to an outstanding performance by newcomer Yang Hsing-chi.
Yang racked up 16 points, while freshman Huang Ning-sen had a game-high 20 to help their team prevail. It was Yang’s best effort since returning from injury layoff earlier in the season after joining the Taoyuan side from National Kaohsiung Normal University last season. His timely surge could mean the difference between a top-six finish or going home empty-handed for National Taiwan Sport.
“This is really the first time since the injury that I have been able to play up to my old standards,” media quoted Yang as saying after the game.
Trailing by more than 20 points at one point, the Techies attempted to rally in the fourth and managed to reduce the deficit to less than 10.
However, several unforced turnovers directly resulting in points for National Taiwan Sport cut the Taipei side’s rally short to leave them 10 points adrift.
FU JEN CATHOLIC 92, HSING WU 68
New Taipei City’s Fu Jen Catholic University won their third straight in as many days by roughing up cross-town rivals Hsing Wu University to improve their chances of making the medal round.
TAIWAN NORMAL 74, NTU ARTS 72
Despite nearly squandering a double-digit lead in the second half, National Taiwan Normal University held National Taiwan University of Arts in front of a home crowd to escape with a win yesterday afternoon.
Also yesterday, it was:
‧ I-Shou University 71, Chinese Culture University 68
‧ Mingdao University 90, National Kaohsiung Normal 83