Kaohsiung fan wins NT$600,000 by sinking halftime ‘logo shot’

A Kaohsiung basketball fan made a shot from half-court to win NT$600,000 (US$21,644) in a halftime "logo shot" contest held by the Kaohsiung Steelers on Sunday in the P. LEAGUE+ professional basketball league.

The lucky fan, surnamed Hung (?), was one of three contestants randomly selected from the audience based on their ticket stub numbers when the Kaohsiung-based club hosted the Taoyuan Pilots on their home court at Kaohsiung Fengshan Stadium.

During the halftime contest, Hung took a few bounces of the ball before taking a short run to make a powerful shot from the half-court line that swished through the center of the net.

Hung, who works in motorcycle repairs and maintenance, said he usually doesn't train to take basketball shots, and the last time he played was when he was still a student.

When asked what he would do with the NT$600,000, Hung said he had not given it much thought but would first take his family and girlfriend out for a meal before saving the rest of it.

He originally thought he was going to throw an airball which would not touch the rim or backboard but luckily it went in, Hung said.

In response, the Steelers said they would also donate NT$600,000 to the southern port city as a sports development fund to be used for schools.

As for the game, the Steelers lost to the visiting Pilots 88-70 and are currently last in the six-team P.LEAGUE+ with a 1-4 record.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel