Sunday, December 28, 2003

Hsu Chi-chao, Tien Lei help Dacin shut down Taiwan Beer

Dacin played its best game of the season on both ends of the court as they beat Taiwan Beer 65-61 in an intensive battle tonight to even their winning percentage at .500. Veteran F Hsu Chi-chao burned TB with 23 points and Tien Lei help shut down the middle with his season-high 5 blocks.

Led by Lin Chih-jay’s 22 points, Taiwan Beer once again rallied in the second half when they cut the 16-point halftime deficit to under five points. However, a couple of controversial calls cost them the chance to win.

Taiwan Beer dropped two straight in three days and went from third-place to fifth. Dacin is 3-3 and tied with SINA for third.

In another game, Jutai ended its four game losing streak by defeating Bank of Taiwan 81-74. O-Yang Jin-hen and Wu Cheng-dao had 21 and 20 points respectively to make up for the absence of leading scorer Yang Yu-ming, who was listed injured.

Sources told me that Yang actually is not injured. He clashed with owner and served an one-game internal suspension. Sources also said former NT coach Lee Chin-chi, who was without a job right now, will join Jutai’s coaching staff within a week. It’s possible Lee will replace current head coach Liu Hwa-lin eventually.

Jutai 81-74 Bank of Taiwan (Half 36-33)
Jutai – O-Yang Jin-hen 21p, Wu Cheng-dao 20p, Shan Wei-fan 13p
BOT – Ju Yong-hong 18p+10rb, Lin Chun-feng 16p, Yang Chin-ming 11p, Wu Yong-jen 11p

Dacin 65-61 Taiwan Beer (Half 39-23)
Dacin – Hsu Chi-chao 23p, Chang Chi-feng 14p+7rb, Tien Lei 11p+8rb+4s+5blk, Lee Fong-yong 11p+11rb
TB – Lin Chih-jay 22p+8rb, Chen Shi-nian 13p, Wu Chih-yuan 7p+10rb