Second-round action in the annual University Basketball Association (UBA) tournament continued at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City yesterday with Taipei’s Shih Hsing University topping cross-town rivals National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in overtime in an 83-78 thriller.
Winless in all four of their second-round games, Shih Hsing came into the contest as huge underdogs against the Techies, who scored two big wins against top-tier teams earlier this week.
However, that did not stop Shih Hsing from putting up a good fight as they opened the game with a 20-13 lead in the first quarter and kept it at 34-31 at the half.
The Techies took advantage of a 24-16 scoring differential to erase the deficit and actually led by as many as five in the third, before falling behind again in the fourth due to the stellar inside play of Shih Hsing big man Lin Bo-wei.
Lin converted several clutch free throws to help his team take a 71-69 lead, before the Techie’s Yu Yu-hsiang sent the game into an extra session with a running shot in the closing seconds of regulation time.
That was as close as the Techies got as Shih Hsing knucled down during overtime to fend off their opponents en route to their win in the second round.
FU JEN 75, HSING WU 62
Fu Jen made the home crowd proud by dumping Hsing Wu 75-62 in the first game in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon, virtually qualifying them for the upcoming Final Four at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex.
A pair of three-pointers from Huang Chen in the fourth led an 8-2 run in favor of Fu Jen that broke an otherwise close game wide open as the home hosts went on to defeat Hsing Wu by 13.
In other play yesterday, National Taiwan Normal University thrashed I-Shou University 88-66, while National Taiwan University of the Arts downed National Kaohsiung Normal University 81-65.