Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Lin Chi-jay scored 44, Taiwan Beer wins MD Challenge

Lin Chi-jay, last season’s SBL scoring leader, picked up where he left off with 44 points as Taiwan Beer beat Videoland Hunters in overtime in the Million-Dollar Challenge title game. Lin had 6 of TB’s 12 points in overtime and shot 7-for-16 behind the three-point line.

But the real unsung heroes of the game are Ho Sho-jen and Hsu Hao-cheng, who buried consecutive mid-range jumpers in the final minute and increased TB’s lead to four points.

Ho Sho-jen scored 19 points for the winner. Lee Wei-min, who was often overlooked, had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Center Ha Hsiao-yuan had 8 points and 10 boards.

Lee Chi-yi led VL with 27 points. Hsiung Jen-jen, who left Sina and signed with VL, had 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Chen Huei had 20 points and dished out 8 assists. Lin Shin-hwa had 16 and 7.

Hsiung Jen-jen made a back-breaking three-pointer from the left baseline with 3.9 seconds left in regulation and leveled the score at 87 all.

Led by forward Wei Yong-tai’s 20 points and 8 rebounds, Yulon beat ETSN 84-74 in the third-place game. Chiu Chi-yi had 19 points and Chen Chih-chun had 15 for Yulon, who entered the game without Chen Hsin-an.

Shin Jin-jan scored 26 points for ETSN. PG Huang Bao-tse had 13 points.