Joseph Taylor’s buzzer-beating putback basket off his own missed alley-oop attempt forced an unprecedented 114-all tie in this year’s Super Basketball League’s (SBL) All-Star Game at the National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport in Taichung last night.
The shot by the Bank of Taiwan center was initially waived off by the officials on the spot as Taylor’s release was thought to be a tad too late.
However, upon a closer inspection of the video replay, the ruling was overturned by the officials to result in the first such draw in league history.
Quincy Davis’ putback slam off a missed jumper by Cheng Ren-wei broke a 112-all tie with 2.4 seconds remaining in the game to give Team Blue what appeared to the game-winner.
However, Taylor managed to redeem himself by following up on his own miss to save Team Red.
“I’m just glad that I was able to make good on the second shot,” Taylor said after the game with the entire crowd chanting “Count it, Count it,” while the final play was under review.
Team Blue guard Chen Shih-nian thought the result was not the most important thing.
“It really doesn’t matter whether the shot went in or not, because we had a lot of fun out there today,” he said.
Davis was named the game MVP for his timely slam on a 29-point night. He was also awarded a check for NT$10,000 to go along with the MVP trophy.
Both sets of players decided to donate the NT$50,000 prize money that was supposed to go to the winners to a local charity.
“We are honored to be selected as All-Stars, that’s more than enough as it is, so we’ve decided to give [the prize money] to people who are less fortunate than we are,” Team Red guard Chen Chih-chung said after the game.