SPLIT SECOND:A three-point shot from Taiwan Beer’s Chiang Yu-an was counted out by 0.1 seconds, leaving the defending champions with a close victory of 73-70
Date: Apr 17, 2016
By: Paul Huang / Contributing reporter
Overcoming several misses from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, Pure
Youth Construction held off a late-game rally by Taiwan Beer to collect a 73-70 win in Game 1 of the championship finals at the Kaohsiung Feng Shan Gymnasium last night to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Tsai Wen-cheng came up huge with three clutch baskets and as many defensive rebounds in the final quarter to lift the four-time defending champions past a feisty Brew Crew, who nearly turned the tide with what would have been the game-tying three by Chiang Yu-an that missed the final buzzer by 0.1 seconds.
“We needed a big break to help us get through the first one and that was exactly what we got tonight,” Tsai said after the game.
He more than lived up to his two-time championship finals-MVP billing by connecting on shots that either gave his team a multi-possession lead or stopped a Taiwan Beer run in the final quarter. [FULL STORY]