Wu Tai-hao (Source: UBA)
Wu Tai-hao had 11 points to go with five steals and three blocks and led National Taiwan Normal University to its first ever UBA men’s title in school history with a 84-62 rout over Chinese Culture University Thursday night. The 6-8 center became the first player in Taiwanese basketball history to win MVP honors in high school and college levels.
The title game was almost declared over after 10 minutes, when NTNU jumped to a 16-3 lead at the end of the first period. CCU managed to cut the deficit to single digit several times behind Lin Ching-pang’s three-pointers, but NTNU answered every time with a little run with its inside advantage.
CCU had a hard time scoring inside with Wu and Chien Chia-hong control the paint. Chien tallied 15 points and six boards while Cheng Jen-wei added 13 and 9. Point guard Su Yi-chieh had 14 points, 6 assists and three steals.
Lin Ching-pang led CCU with 25 points and 9 rebounds.
With the title, NTNU is finally no longer second best. It finished as runner-ups six times in school history, including 2004, 2005 and 2008 when it had current SBL star players such as Tien Lei, Ho Shou-cheng and Wu Yong-jen on its roster.
NTNU’s Deng An-cheng
Defending champ Fu Jen Univ. beat Hsing Wu College 80-77 in the bronze medal game. NTUA beat NTSU-Taoyuan 74-63 o win the 5th place and NKNU upset TPEC 84-67 as TPEC finished as the 8th place — the worst placing in school history.
In the semifinal matchups, NTNU stomped Hsing Wu College 100-67. Chang Jung-hsuan led the team with 15 points while Wu Tai-hao and Cheng Jen-wei each scored 13 points. CCU used a 18-0 run late in the 4th quarter to break the game open and beat Fu Jen Univ. 75-57, reaching the title game for the first time in seven years.
Lin Ching-pang led CCU with 23 points.
Lin Ching-pang, CCU
Final UBA men placing:
3. Fu Jen Univ.
4. Hsing Wu College