Sunday, July 25, 1999

CBA Elite Four Tournament

Finals: CBA White Team 83-80 Taiwan National
Underdog CBA White Team, which mostly conprised of Yulon and Mars' veteran players, uspet Taiwan NT just like coach Chun Chi-Mun predicted prior to the tournament. 33 year-old F/G DongFan Che-Ter, who scored 20 points, was named tournament MVP.

White Team used a 16-2 spurt early in the first quarter to a quick 21-7 lead and control the game with a 15-0 run in mid fourth quarter. American forward Tremaine Wingfield led the team with 23 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks.

Again, Taiwan NT relied on perimeter shots too much. Lo Shing-Liang's 24 points and Yen Shin-Shu's 18 could not stop White Teams' brilliant teamwork. It's clear the weakest area for Taiwan NT at this moment is the inside game. They will need a lot of hardwork before leaving for Japan's Asian Championship.

Consolation: CBA Red Team 106-92 Taiwan National Second
Professional players' experience and physical play were too much for Taiwan National Second to overcome. Joe Temple again exploded for 36 points(10-18 FG, 14-14 FT) and Conant Chu knocked down 21 points to lead the Red Team defeating NT Second for the socond time in the
tournament. F/G Hsu Chi-Chao paced the NT Second with 30 points. F Chen Jian-Chou tallied 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals in 26 minutes.

Semifinal Game 2:Taiwan National(#1) 99-93 Taiwan National Second(#4)
Taiwan NT survived after the first 24-minute scare and reached the chamionship game as expected. Led by Lo Shi-Liang's 24 points(6-10 3PT) and Chou Hong-Yu's 20 points, Taiwan NT rebound from 44-51 deficit in halftime and completed a come-from-behind win. Two top young guards,Yen Shin-Shu and Chiu Chih-Yi, tallied 16 points apiece.

Taiwan National Second's strong inside attack(16 ORB) gave them the halftime lead, but inexprience again caused them the game.Center Lin Shin-Hua led the team with 23 points and 8 rebounds, while forward Chen Jian-Chou came up with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Semifinal Game 1:CBA White Team(#2) 95-89 CBA Red Team(#3)
Tremiane Wingfield scored 36 points on 15-20 shooting and grabbed 7 rebounds, winning the showdown with Red Teams' Joe Temple, who scored 27, and led White Team reaching the tournament final. He got help from his teammates also. Veteran Tsai Fu-Chai scored 18 and Chiu Chun-Ji turned in 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Tournament Notes:
Tremaine Wingfield finished second in MVP voting...He will head back to the States and try to work out a deal with a Spanish team...Joe Temple likely will join Philippines' Purefood(PBA)...