Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Mars, Taiwan Beer even the series at 1-1

Showcasing its best defense of the year, Mars limited Yulon to a miserable 20-for-73 shooting and beat Yulon, 62-56, to even the A-League Finals at 1-1 last night (May 12th). Taiwan Beer and Jutai gave us the second straight overtime game, with Taiwan Beer edging Jutai, 103-96, and tied the best-of-three series.

Mars' outstanding team defense didn't give Yulon too many open looks from tipoff. And when they did get open, Yulon just can't find the basket all night, trailing by 21 at halftime. Yulon rallied in the final quarter, when they outscored Mars 15-2, but it's too late.

Jutai-Taiwan Beer game again was decided in overtime. Lin Chi-jay scored 9 of his 32 points in the extra five minutes as Taiwan Beer won this time, following the Game 1 overtime loss. Yo Yu-lun's fastbreak layup with 3 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 87 all and forced overtime.

Jutai Tech's Yang Yu-ming exploded for 43 points, the A-League season high, but it's not enough for a victory.

Finals Game 2: Mars 62-56 Yulon(Half 44-23)
Mars - Yen Hsin-shu 15p+5a, yang Che-yi 15p+12rb, Lin Jia-huang 9p
Yulon - Wu Chih-wei 12p+7rb, Tsun Wen-din 12p+9rb+5s, Chen Hsin-an 7p+8rb

3rd-place Series Game 2: Taiwan Beer 103-96(OT) Jutai(Half 44-49)
TB - Lin Chi-jay 32p(8-25FG, 16-19FT)+14rb, Chen Shi-nian 24p+6a, Yo Yu-lun 15p+6a
Jutai - Yang Yu-ming 43p(15-27FG, 5-8FT), Tan Bo-chan 9p+12rb