Taiwan Beer kept their title hopes alive with an 82-67 victory over the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards in Game 6 of the semi-finals at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night to force a decisive Game 7.
With their backs against the wall, the Brew Crew showed tremendous resilience by overcoming a sluggish start with an outstanding second quarter to grab the lead for good.
Poor perimeter shooting coupled with a pair of three’s by the Leopard offense set Taiwan Beer back 15-8 after one quarter of play.
However, the two-time champs managed to shake off the dismal start by erupting for 26 points in an electrifying second that saw them hold the Leopards scoreless for more than five minutes of play to claim a 34-31 lead at the half.
Lee Chun-wei and Lu Chi-min’s 17 combined points in the first half more than made up for a subpar performance by big man Patrick O’Bryant who only had four points to his credit, well below his season average of 10 points in any given half.
Taiwan Mobile kept the game close without ever taking the lead in a hard fought third with Chang Rong-hsuan scoring eight to counter Taiwan Beer’s Su Yi-cheh’s team-high nine points in the quarter.
That was the extent the Leopards were in the game as both of their top scoring threats, Luke Nevill and Wu Yung-ren, were in foul trouble in the decisive fourth.
That paved the way for the Brew Crew, who capitalized on the situation with a late-game surge by O’Bryant to put the game away long before the final buzzer.
TOMORROW’S GAME 7
The two teams will have today off to rest their wearied bodies and souls before taking the floor in Sinjhuang for the decisive Game 7 tomorrow evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm.