2017 BLIA CUP UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Beijing Tsinghua 71 to 68 Defeats NTNU【作者：Wu Chin-Ho】2017-07-30
The last match on Day 2 of the BLIA Cup featured Beijing Tsinghua University, champions of the 2015-2016 Mainland CUBA University Men’s Basketball Tournament, up against National Taiwan Normal University, the runner-up of the UBA. At the beginning of the match, Tsinghua University started 3 players who measured over 200 cm in height. Although NTNU’s Rong Yisun (容毅燊) is 203 cm tall, the average height of Tsinghua’s starting players was still 10 cm taller. With their height advantage and better overall rebounding, three-point shooting, and cutting skills, Tsinghua led 21-13 at the of the 1st quarter. During the 2nd quarter, Xu Xuanyu (許軒瑜) from NTNU made cuts to the three-point line to score 6 points. Jian Jiawei (簡嘉暐) and Zhang Junting (張峻庭) also made 3-pointers. However, Tsinghua’s height advantage prevented NTNU from taking the lead. At half time, the score was 40-33 with NTNU down by 7 points. Rong Yisun (容毅燊) from NTNU demonstrated his supreme skills in cutting to the basket and shooting to score 11 points in the 3rd quarter, helping NTNU even the score at 45-45. As a result, Tsinghua was forced to send in multiple substitutes in the 2nd half. Three of the substituting players, Wang Ke (王可), Ma Xuepeng (馬學鵬), and Qi Lin (齊麟) scored a total of 17 points to bring the score up to 62-52, a 10-point lead for Tsinghua at the end of the 3rd quarter. In the final quarter, Jian Jiawei (簡嘉暐) scored 7 consecutive points to narrow the lead to 63-66, putting NTNU only 3 points behind. However, in the last 3 minutes of the game, NTNU’s Rong Yisun (容毅燊) injured his ankle while chasing after the ball and had to leave the match. NTNU subsequently lost control of space and rebounds, leading to a loss to Tsinghua by a narrow 3-point margin for a final score of 71-68. All of the 11 players from Beijing Tsinghua University scored in the game. Qi Lin (齊麟), who had a “double double” with 19 points and 18 rebounds (4 offensive and 14 defensive), was vital to Tsinghua’s win.
Fo Guang 81 to 62 Defeats Malaysia
On the 2nd day of the 2017 BLIA Cup International University Basketball Tournament, the 5th match-up was between last year’s 1st-time champions, Fo Guang University women’s basketball team, and the Malaysia National team. Both teams performed well in mid-range, short-range, and 3-point shots, and were contending for a position in the Final Four competition of the BLIA Cup. At the finish of their match, Fo Guang University defeated Malaysia 81-62. Despite a 19-point loss, however, Malaysia will still advance to the Final Four to compete against Nagoya for a place in the semi-finals. In the 1st quarter, Yang Zhiyu (楊芷瑜) of Fo Guang University scored 2 points. Fo Guang University repeatedly scored points from beneath the net and mid-range shots until 4 minutes into the game when Malaysia scored a total of 5 points, with 2 points from inside the three-point line and 3 points from behind the three-point line. At the end of the 1st half, Fo Guang University led Malaysia by 9 points for a score of 36:27. In the 2nd half, Fo Guang University scored points from all over the court, but Malaysia also performed strongly under the net. During the 3rd quarter, Fo Guang University defeated Malaysia 57-43 with 14-point lead. In the 4th quarter, Luo Peizhen (羅培甄) hailing from HBL championship winners Pu Men High School’s women’s basketball team was put into the game and scored 6 points. With a valiant effort, Malaysia made five 3-points shots, however they were still unable to come out on top. Fo Guang University won by 19 points, with a final score of 81-62. Fo Guang University’s Wang Tingting (王竫婷) finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds, Wei Yuchun (魏于淳), Lin JiashI (林嘉慈), and You Kexin (游可欣) each scored 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Malaysia’s Yap Fook Yee had 15 points and 10 rebounds; Magdelene Low Phey Chyi had a 12-point performance.
Lyon 88 to 58 Defeats Nagoya Gakuin
On Day 2 of the BLIA Cup International University Basketball Tournament elimination games, the 4th match-up was between France’s University of Lyon and Nagoya Gakuin University of Japan. Within the first 15 seconds of the game, Lyon's Johan Pericard scored 3 points. Faced against the strong offense of Lyon’s tall players, Nagoya quickly lost confidence. Nagoya was unable to defend themselves against Lyon and at the end of the 1st quarter, Nagoya was down 11-22. During the 2nd quarter, Nagoya continued to struggle. Although Hirohito Fukuoka scored 3 points and Hirohito Higashi, together with Katsura Higashi, scored 10 points, Nagoya fell to Lyon 24-47. With their strong advantage, Lyon eased into the 2nd half of the game with full control. Lyon's 260 cm tall Jonathan Kyungu made easy shots, scoring 8 points. With the addition of the 214 cm tall Stanislas Heili scoring 2 points, Lyon’s beautiful teamwork pushed their lead over Nagoya to 71-44. The final quarter appeared to be the shining moment of Lyon's Remy Maroquenne, who had 8 points from a combination of shots and assists. Despite Nagoya’s defensive efforts, they were unable to make any progress. In the end, Lyon defeated Nagoya 88-58 with the largest lead since the start of the competition. Lyon's Johan Pericard finished with 15 points, followed by Julian Troesch and David Haziza, who scored 13 points each. The high scorers for Nagoya were Takumi Muratori with 14 points and Wang Weijia with 12.
McMaster 67 to 65 Overcomes Lyon
On July 26, Day 2 of BLIA Cup University Basketball Tournament, McMaster of Canada and Université de Lyon from France met for their first game. Players of both teams are fast playing and well-matched in their physique. First half of the game saw Lyon’s Lola Bart made some very fast shots and scored 9 points personally, while McMaster’s Julia Hanaka made three 3-pointers and free throws, scoring 13 points, leading her team to finish the first half of the game with 39 to 29, leading with a 10-point game. In the second half of the game, Lyon was recharged with energy with key player Clarisse Legrand scoring frequently, making a personal 19 points. At the end of the third period, Lyon was 8 points behind at 47 to 55. In the fourth period, Lyon maintained its flow of the third. With 5:41 left in the period, they pulled even at 57:57, and later advanced to win by 6 points at 65:59. With the clock ticking at only 1:09 left in the game, McMaster scored two 3-pointers and Theresa Burns further saved the game with one more 2 point shot. McMaster narrowly overcame Lyon with 2 points, winning the game with 67 to 65. McMaster’s Hanaka scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers; Lyon’s Legrand made 24 points and 12 rebounds; Gohlisch scored 17 points and Bart had 12, all of whom were outstanding in their performance.
Vanguard 84 to 76 won by Chien Hsin
The Vanguard University team entered the 2nd day of the BLIA tournament with confidence after a win in their opening match, while Chien Hsin University was determined to recover after losing its first match. Malachi Hoosein from Vanguard opened the scoring with a 2-point shot at the start of the 1st quarter. Then Xia Yaxuan (謝亜軒) from Chein Hsin responded with a beautiful 3-pointer, followed by Lu Jiacheng (吕家丞) with another 3-pointer. Mario Soto from Vanguard quickly answered with a 3-pointer of his own. After many back and forth fast breaks and quick scores, the 1st half of the match ended 41-40 Vangard. When the 2nd half began, every player from Vanguard looked sharp shooting free throws, rebounding, and playing defence, allowing them to quickly extend their lead. Although Chein Hsin fought hard from behind, Vangard led 66-55 at the end of the 3rd quarter. With his team leading by 11 points at the start of the 4th quarter, Donte Williams from Vanguard threw down a slam dunk, winning applause from the audience. After an exciting 4th quarter filled with back and forth scoring, the match ended with Vangard University winning 84-76, its 2nd straight victory in the BLIA Cup. Xia Yaxuan (謝亞軒) from Chein Hsin University was in the match for 37 minutes and led all players in scoring with 21 points. He made 100% percent of his free throws and had several remarkable assists, steals and rebounds. Lin Jun Ji (林俊吉) and Zhu Yunhao (朱雲豪) scored 17 and 16 points respectively for Chein Hsin. The 3 leading scorers from Vanguard University were Hoosein with 19 points, Jamaal Lee with 14 points and Shacquille Dawkins with 13 points.