Cathay grabs 10th championship in women's basketball league

06/21/2020 04:47 PM
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Cathay players (in black) celebrate the win. / CNA photo June 20, 2020
Cathay players (in black) celebrate the win. / CNA photo June 20, 2020

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Cathay took home its 10th championship trophy Saturday after two straight wins against Taiyuan, which put up a strong defense that gave the most valuable player (MVP) title to someone who only returned to the Taiwan's Women Super Basketball League this season.

Following a landslide win on Friday, when Cathay beat Taiyuan in the first championship game 87-44, Taiyuan's strategy in the second game that might decide the title winner was to hold back Cathay's point guard Lin Yu-ting (林育庭).

Lin by herself notched up 20 points in Friday's game and has been seen as the player with the best chance of grabbing the MVP title.

Cathay player Chen Yu-chun (front, in black) / CNA photo June 20, 2020
Cathay player Chen Yu-chun (front, in black) / CNA photo June 20, 2020

On Saturday, however, she faced a strong defense and took only seven points, while her teammate Chen Yu-chun (陳鈺君) made 19 points, including six three-pointers.

Cathay won Saturday's game to obtain the team's 10th title in a row in the league, with Chen named MVP, an honor she said "she had not previously considered."

"I never won it before I went to China and I never thought I could win it during the first season upon my return," Chen said.

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Cathay's Chen Yu-chun holds her MVP trophy. / CNA photo June 20, 2020

Chen, who played the last season in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association's league games in China, said that her China experience taught her the importance of seizing every opportunity.

During this season, Chen has had a 58.8 percent three-point rate, while in the playoffs, she has barely missed any three-point attempts.

(By Lung Po-an and Kay Liu) enditem/J

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