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Animam, Shih Hsin University Finishes On Top in Taiwan Basketball


Filipina center Jack Animam was solid anew as Shih Hsin University Tigers finished on top in the 2020-21 University Basketball Alliance second round with a 76-54 win over Chinese Culture University on Monday night at the Taipei Gymnasium.

Animam, a former UAAP Most Valuable Player awardee, tallied double-double 14 points and 18 rebounds, while also contributing four steals, three blocks and two assists for the Tigers.

Li Yinchen added 13 markers, including three triples, Lin Die contributed 10 markers, while Li Yingjie and Su Jiaxian added nine markers apiece as the Tigers completed a five-game sweep of the second round to enter the Final Four as no. 1 seed.

Following a subpar showing in their close 64-59 triumph against National Taiwan Normal last Sunday, the Tigers regained its shooting touch against the Chinese Culture University.

The defending champions Tigers set the tone in the opening quarter behind Animam and Li before continuing the onslaught in the second period as they establish a 39-24 halftime edge.

The Chinese Culture University tried its best to come close in the second half but the Tigers always has response from Animam, Li and Su as the lead grew further late in the final quarter.

Rookies Wang Yueti and Zheng Huici carried the fight for the struggling Chinese Culture University with 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

Shin Hsin University will have a lengthy break before plunging to the semifinals action with Chinese Culture, National Taiwan Normal, and Fo Guang on March 20.