Taiwan's T1 LEAGUE to return to action Wednesday

05/16/2022 07:53 PM
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Anthony Tucker (left) and Nino
Anthony Tucker (left) and Nino 'KG' Canaleta. Photo courtesy of the Taichung Suns

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan's pro basketball T1 LEAGUE will be back on the hardwood Wednesday after a nearly two-week postponement of play because of a COVID-19 surge in Taiwan.

The six-team league, which is in its inaugural year, shut down temporarily on May 5 as it announced that 15 players in the league had recently been confirmed as having COVID-19.

With only five more games to play before the end of the regular season, the Tainan TSG GhostHawks will play the TaiwanBeer HeroBears at University of Taipei's Tianmu campus gym on Wednesday, and the New Taipei CTBC DEA matching up against the Taoyuan Leopards at Taoyuan Arena the same day.

The HeroBears will then play the Leopards at Taoyuan Arena Thursday, before the Kaohsiung Aquas take on the HeroBears at University of Taipei's Tianmu campus gym and the Taoyuan Leopards host the Taichung Suns at Taoyuan Arena on Friday.

Fans will be allowed in to all of those contests plus a play-in series that starts on May 22 and the playoffs, which open May 24.

Photo courtesy of the T1 LEAGUE
Photo courtesy of the T1 LEAGUE

The Aquas have clinched the top seed in this year's T1 LEAGUE playoff round, followed by the Suns as the second seed.

The DEA are currently in third place in the league with a 17-12 record, one game ahead of the HeroBears, who are 15-12.

Both the 6-21 Leopards and the 6-23 GhostHawks have a shot at fifth place, which is significant because the fourth and fifth seeds will compete in the play-in series.

The fourth seed will have a built-in advantage, having only to win one game to advance to the playoff semifinals, while the fifth seed will have to win two in a row to reach the final four.

The semifinals were originally set up as best-of-five series but have been shortened to best-of-three series in the wake of the latest COVID-19 outbreak, and the finals have been cut down to a best-of-five series from the original best-of-seven format.

(By William Yen)

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