The professional basketball P. League + League officially kicked off on 12/18. The Hsinchu Jko Lioneers officially debuted at the Hsinchu County Stadium today. More than 70% of the tickets were sold during the two-day ticket pre-sale. Today (the 26th), the Hsinchu Jko Lioneers home team faced off with the Taoyuan Pilots. On the 27th, they will face the Taipei Fubon Braves. With 6,688 fans supporting them, the Hsinchu Jko Lioneers defended their home court in today’s match, and successfully withstood counterattacks from the Taoyuan Pilots to win the first victory with a final score of 97:91.
Under the excited cheers of the spectators, Hsinchu County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke, who was donning Jersey Number 1, said that “today is a historic moment for Hsinchu County. The Hsinchu County home team, Hsinchu Jko Lioneers, will usher in the first official game before the eyes of their Hsinchu County fans.” It is also the first official game in Hsinchu County since the establishment of the P. League+ League. In the future, fans and friends from all over the country will be invited to the Hsinchu County Stadium to enjoy exciting professional basketball games and also tour Hsinchu County. Last, Magistrate Yang also wished the Hsinchu Jko Lioneers strength and victory in tonight's opening match.
The first regular P. League+ League game was kicked off at the Hsinchu County Stadium by County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke and Vice President Wu Ching-san of MediaTek Inc. The Hsinchu Jko Lioneers was the last P. League+ League team to compete. As soon as the game started, Hsinchu Jko Lioneers player Cheng Li-huan made team and home court history with his first score. Thereafter, the team continued to blaze ahead, and by half-time, was leading by 13 points. During the first half of the match, Cheng Li-huan scored 20 points. In the third quarter, the Taoyuan Pilots took the lead, exerting pressure on both the offensive and defensive ends to reduce the gap to 4 points. The two teams began the desperate battle for victory. The Taoyuan Pilots closed in with a one-point gap just one minute before the final game ended. Then at the final moment, Hsinchu Jko Lioneers Point guard Hao Tian scored a critical three-pointer to seal the victory. The Hsinchu Jko Lioneers has closed the final game with their first victorious home win of 97-91.