Friday, December 26, 2003

Lin outscores Chen 31-15 but Yulon prevails

18 points in the third quarter. Game-high 31 points. Lin Chih-jay showed why he is the hottest young star in Taiwan tonight and almost completed the unbelievable feat again. But Taiwan Beer couldn’t hang on with league-leading Yulon for four quarters and eventually lost the roller-coaster game, 78-90.

In the most anticipated individual rivalry, Chen Hsin-an paled in comparison with Lin, managing to score only 15 points. However it was Chen’s baseline jumper with one minute remaining sealed the victory for Yulon, who won six straight and remained the only undefeated team in the league.

It looked like the game would end up in lopsided results after halftime with Yulon leading 53-37. But Lin Chih-jay refused to lose. He had four three-pointers, two of which from NBA-range, and completed a three-point play when he made a left-handed twisting layup between three defenders.

Within 10 minutes, Taiwan Beer turned a 17-point deficit into a one-point lead, jumping front 66-65 at the end of the third quarter. However Taiwan Beer finally ran out of steam in the final quarter. Lin managed to score three more points in the final 10 minutes.

Taiwan Beer is now back at .500 with three wins and three losses, ranking third behind Yulon and Mars (4-2).

Yulon 90-78 Taiwan Beer (Half 53-37)
Yulon – Tsun Wen-din 16p, Chen Hsin-an 15p(6-16 FG, 1-8 3PT)+4a, Chen Chih-chun 13p, Chiu Chi-yi 12p, Wu Chih-wei 11p+5rb
TB – Lin Chih-jay 31p(11-26 FG, 6-18 3PT)+6rb, Wu Yang-huei 13p, Liao Wei-chen 11p, Pan Jen-der 10p