New Taipei City’s Hsing Wu University pulled off the upset of the second round of the annual University Basketball Association (UBA) tournament by downing Taipei’s Chinese Culture University in a 74-62 final at National Taiwan Normal University Gymnasium yesterday afternoon.
Twin-towers Liu Chia-hsiu and Weng Chia-hung did as they pleased against the interior defense of Chinese Culture inside the paint by racking up 39 combined points to account for the bulk of the underdogs’ scoring. That was more than ample to force Chinese Culture away from their game plan of playing their regular half-court offense, as they played catchup ball for a good part of the game to lose by a dozen in the end.
Already eliminated from a top-six finish necessary to qualify for the medal round, Hsing Wu only had their pride to play for. And the win not only boosted their pride, but also eliminated Chinese Culture from title contention as it eliminated the runner-ups from last season from the second round as well.
NTU OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 81, NTU OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT 67
Taipei’s National Taiwan University of Science and Technology nipped a five-game slide in the second round of play by topping Taichung’s National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport 81-67 yesterday for their first victory.
The win did not come easy for the Techies, as they needed a 28-point fourth quarter in a tremendous 28-11 run to erase a three-point deficit at the start of the fourth.
Four threes by Liu Chia-hao on a game-high 20-point effort led a foursome of double-digit scorers for the Techies, who shot a solid eight for 16 from downtown to humble the future PE teachers.
FU JEN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY 88, NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY OF ARTS 79
Fu Jen Catholic University of Taipei roughed up cross-town rivals National Taiwan University of Arts in an 88-79 win at National Taiwan Normal early last night to fall within a win of a top-six finish.
Liang Chan-yu set a new high in scoring in the second round with 35 points against his former school on the night, in a must-win situation for Fu Jen Catholic. It topped the Artists’ Hsiao Hsun-yi’s 33-point outpour the night before that helped them beat Chinese Culture.
NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL 0, I-SHOU 0
The game was suspended due to a bench-clearing brawl. Both teams are disqualified for the rest of the season and will serve a one-year suspension.
In other play, it was:
‧ National Kaohsiung Normal 72, Taiwan Shoufu 63