Tsai Jung-ming’s clutch steal in the closing seconds, followed by a pair of free throws, lifted the Dacin Tigers past Taiwan Beer in a 77-75 thriller at the Kaohsiung Arena yesterday afternoon.
The reserve center, who came into the game with less than two minutes to play to replace fouled-out starter Rolando Howell, exceeded expectations by successfully defending against the low-post play of Taiwan Beer’s Byron Allen on the ensuing possession before coming up big on the clutch steal and finishing things off with the game-winning free throws to give the Cats their second straight win.
“I’m used to playing against [Allen] when he was playing for us, so that might have given me some advantage,” Tsai said after the game of playing against ex-teammate Allen, who spent two seasons with the Tigers before joining the Brewers at the start of this season.
Dacin ended the first quarter with a 22-18 cushion and led 41-35 at the half.
The Brew Crew regrouped in the third to keep the deficit under five before rallying to within a point late in the fourth, setting the stage for Tsai’s heroics.
BANK OF TAIWAN 94, KINMEN 88
Bank of Taiwan bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Taiwan Beer on Friday night with a sound 94-88 win over Kinmen Kaoliang in the second game in Kaohsiung early yesterday evening.
Birthday boy Chang Bo-sheng lit up the scoreboard with a season-high 23 points to guide Bankers to triumph. It was the second time that the guard out of the National Taiwan University of Arts had scored 23 points this season, the previous occasion also being against the Distillers.
“I don’t know why, but I seem to play my best against [Bank of Taiwan],” Chang said after the game.
Neither team had the upper hand in a closely fought first half that saw the two squads trade leads no bigger than four.
Chuang Hsiao-we then took matters into his own hands, the Bankers forward erupting for eight points in a 24-point third as his team took a double-digit lead, an advantage they would not relinquish, en route to victory.
PURE YOUTH 80, LUXGENS 78
Quincy Davis’ two-footer with the clock winding down was the difference as Pure Youth Construction shook off a valiant comeback by the Yulon Luxgens to win the third game in Kaohsiung last night.
The victory extended their win streak to a season-high 10 straight.