The defending P. LEAGUE+ champions Taipei Fubon Braves moved one game closer to winning their second consecutive title after overpowering the Hsinchu Jko Lioneers by 18 points in Game 4 of the league finals Saturday.
The Braves outhustled the Lioneers 128-110 at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium to lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven final series, meaning that the Taipei-based team just needs one more win to clinch the championship for the second time since the league's inauguration last season.
Stepping onto the hardwood at the start of the game coming off two consecutive wins in the finals, the confident Braves led 71-65 at half time with a vocal home crowd of 7,000 fans cheering them on.
The gap widened even further after the Braves went on a 33-22 run in the third quarter to lead comfortably 104-87 just before the fourth quarter.
The Lioneers rallied in the final quarter but failed to overtake the Braves, who shot with higher accuracy from the floor by making 49 percent of their shots (50 out of 102 shots), while the Hsinchu team only achieved 43 percent accuracy by making 37 out of 86 shots.
Lioneers center Singh Bhullar, who was named the Import Player of the Year on Friday, which is given to the league's best foreign player for the season, posted a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds, while last season's finals MVP Braves forward Mike Singletary recorded 24 points and 17 rebounds.
After the game, Braves forward Josh Chou (???), who scored 17 points for his team, said the strategy they used was to play a tough defense so that they could wear out the other team.
"We also had more players on rotation, so we had more choices on offense," Chou said.
Chou had a remarkable outing as he shot 7-10, including 6-6 on two-pointers.
Game 5 of the finals will be on Monday at Hsinchu County Stadium.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel