Asian basketball

Brickman clutch as Kaohsiung sweeps Taichung to clinch T1 League title

Delfin Dioquino
Brickman clutch as Kaohsiung sweeps Taichung to clinch T1 League title

UNDEFEATED. Jason Brickman and Kaohsiung go unbeaten in the T1 League playoffs.

Kaohsiung Aquas Instagram page

Fil-Am Jason Brickman connects with Xavier Alexander for the game-winning play as the Kaohsiung Aquas capture the inaugural T1 League championship

MANILA, Philippines – Jason Brickman saved the best for last and the Kaohsiung Aquas claimed the first T1 League title with a 103-100 win over the Taichung Suns at the Taiwan Sports Gymnasium on Saturday, June 4.

The Filipino-American set up the game-winning play and finished with a near triple-double of 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists as the Aquas swept the Suns in the best-of-five championship series.

Kaohsiung hacked out a 101-99 squeaker in the series opener and gave Taichung a 112-82 beating in the following game for a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Shrugging off a double team, Brickman proved for the last time why he led the league in assists by locating Xavier Alexander for the three-pointer that broke a 100-100 deadlock with 3.2 seconds left.

The Suns had ample time to knot the score, but Anthony Tucker saw his game-tying triple hit nothing but the backboard as time expired.

Mindaugas Kupsas backstopped Brickman with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks, while Yu Huan-Ya chimed in 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Despite going scoreless in the title-clinching win, Hu Long-Mao earned the Finals MVP honors as he erupted for 38 points on top of 5 assists and 3 steals in Game 2.

Hu also sank the game-winning three-pointer in Game 1, with Brickman issuing the clutch assist.

Brickman and the Aquas capped a sensational run that saw Kaohsiung finish the elimination round with the best record of 23-7.

The Aquas then went unbeaten in the playoffs as they also swept the TaiwanBeer HeroBears in their best-of-three semifinals affair.

With Gilas Pilipinas guard Jordan Heading sitting out Game 3, Tucker put Taichung on his back with 34 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

Former PBA player KG Canaleta fired 11 points off 3 triples, while Aaron Geramipoor chalked up 10 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.