New Taipei City’s Fu Jen Catholic University ascended to a second-place finish in the second round of the annual University Basketball Association (UBA) tournament with a 77-70 win over Taichung’s National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport at National Taiwan Normal University Gymnasium yesterday afternoon.
What would have been a do-or-die situation for the previously fifth-place contender turned into no-pressure contest for Fu Jen, after the disqualification of Taipei’s National Taiwan Normal University and Kaohsiung’s I-Shou University after a bench-clearing brawl on Friday between the two teams that resulted in the suspension of both schools for the season on top of a one-year suspension to be served next year.
However, with the second-place finish still at stake, Lee Chia-ching and Liu Yuan-kai of Fu Jen made sure they saved the best for last with 20 and 18 points respectively in the game to lead their team to triumph.
Having been eliminated from advancement, NTU of Physical Education and Sport did not let up in their effort to play spoiler at all, as they hung tough with Fu Jen through the first three quarters in a two-point affair before faltering in the decisive fourth to lose by seven.
NATIONAL TAIWAN SPORT UNIVERSITY 97, CHINESE CULTURE UNIVERSITY 78
Taoyuan’s National Taiwan Sport University also made it into the top six with a convincing 97-78 defeat of Taipei’s Chinese Culture University yesterday afternoon.
Also a beneficiary of National Taiwan Normal and I-Shou’s disqualification, National Taiwan Sport came out firing against a deflated Chinese Culture squad, who had not played to their potential for two straight games, by jumping to a 20-16 lead after one quarter of play. They added five to the cushion with a solid second quarter to enjoy a 44-35 lead at the half.
That was more than ample to sink the runners-up from last season, as National Taiwan Sport extended the margin by eight in the third to put the game away en route to a blowout victory.
Five players scored in double figures for National Taiwan Sport, led by Chen Guan-chuan’s 22 points and 15 rebounds.
As for Chinese Culture, big man Lin Chih-wei led all scorers with 28 points to represent the bulk of his team’s points. However, that was not enough to stop Chinese Culture from pulling off a win that would have sent them into the medal round in place of National Taiwan Sport.
In the day’s other result, NTU of Science and Technology beat Mingdao University 73-80.
The top-six finishers were, in descending order: National Kao-hsiung Normal, Fu Jen Catholic, NTU of Arts, Taiwan Shoufu, Mingdao and National Taiwan Sport University.