Bank of Taiwan, who led as many as 15 points in the final period, held off a furious rally by Jutai in the final four minutes and won 67-61 tonight. BOT is now 2-3, while Jutai lost three straight and dropped to the league-worst 1-4.
Height disadvantage didn’t stop BOT from attacking the boards, as the shortest team in the league beat their opponents on the boards for the fifth consecutive game, winning the rebounding battle 50-36 tonight. Little-known BOT center Chou Ben-tang had one of the best games in his career with 16 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocks. PF Ju Yong-hong also had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
BOT used its quickness to increase the lead in the third period and seemed taken control of the game with 4 minutes left. But NT shooting guard Yang Yu-ming refused to give up and single-handedly led his team back in the game. Held scoreless in the first 36 minutes, Yang Yu-ming scored Jutai’s last 14 points before BOT pulled away once again in the final minute.
Bank of Taiwan 67-61 Jutai (Half 32-32)
BOT – Chou Ben-tang 16p+16rb+2blk, Ju Yong-hong 16p+14rb, Chen Shen-ya 13p, Lin Chun-feng 10p+9rb
Jutai – Wu Cheng-dao 16p, Yang Yu-ming 14p+9rb, Wu Dai-hao 11p+4rb+3blk