Saturday, December 13, 2003

Lin Chih-jay scores 32 as Taiwan Beer upset Mars in OT

Rising star Lin Chih-jay scored 32 points tonight as Taiwan Beer edged Mars 88-86 in overtime. Lin made nine three-pointers in the game, including the game-tying three-pointer with 15.4 seconds remaining that took the game into overtime.

Lin Chih-jay, the No. 2 leading scorer in the SBL, had his second 30-plus game of the season, following a 39-point outburst two weeks ago. With his unstoppable one-on-one skills and charisma to excite the crowd, Lin is right now the hottest player in the league that everyone talks about.

Although Mars was able to stop Lin from his penetration, they couldn’t stop him in the perimeter. Forward Lee Chi-yi, Lin’s high school teammate, had 22 points and 14 boards for the Mars, who had its three-game winning streak stopped.

Mars starting PG Yen Shin-shu did not suit up tonight because of tendonitis.

Yulon beat Dacin 74-71 in another intense battle to extend its winning streak to five games. Dacin used its trademark three-point attack and rallied in the fourth quarter, when they outscored Yulon 26-15. But that was not enough. Yulon guard Lee Chih-ming’s crucial three-pointers in the final minutes made sure Yulon came away with a big W.

Taiwan Beer 88-86(OT) Mars (Half 51-43)
TB – Lin Chih-jay 32p, Wu Yang-huei 17p+5rb, Chen Shi-nian 10p+10rb+8a
Mars – Lee Chi-yi 22p+14rb, Lin Jia-huang 22p, Chen Huei 12p+7rb+6a

Yulon 74-71 Dacin (Half 34-24)
Yulon – Chen Hsin-an 15p+6rb+6a, Wei Yong-tai 13p+9rb, Lee Chih-ming 13p, Tsun Wen-din 10p+12rb+4blk
Dacin – Tien Lei 18p+7rb+3blk, Hsu Chi-chao 18p, Chang Chi-feng 13p