Monday, March 22, 2004

Jutai playoffs bound; SINA keeps sliding

SBL action is every bit as exciting as the Taiwanese Presidential election last week, with teams moving up and down the standing. Jutai edged Dacin last night 74-73 on Wu Dai-hao’s game-winning steal and dunk and already had one foot in the playoffs door although they are now only 11-11.

With two games remaining in the schedule, Jutai is expected to beat Taiwan Beer and Bank of Taiwan to finish the season 13-11. And it should be good enough for a playoff seed, since Dacin and Mars are still tied at 11-10 and both have three tough games to play.

Yulon edged SINA 69-65 to even the season series at 2-2, thanks to Wei Yong-tai’s consecutive three-pointers in crunch time and 21 points from Chen Hsin-an. Meanwhile, SINA kept sliding as they lost for the sixth straight times and looked helpless.

Taiwan Beer also beat Mars 82-76 on March 18th to push its season-high winning streak to three games. TB is now 9-12 and mathematically still has a chance to squeeze into the playoffs, although, realistically, the post-season is probably out of reach.

Jutai 74-73 Dacin (Half 41-37)
Jutai - Shin Jin-chan 21p, Shan Wei-fan 15p+11rb, Wu Dai-hao 14p+9rb+3s+2blk, Yang Yu-min 10p+4a+3s
Dacin - Tien Lei 26p+10rb+4blk, Hsu Chi-chao 18p, Lee Fong-yong 11p+9rb

Mars 92-85 BOT (Half 52-33)
Mars - Yen Shin-shu 26p+6rb+5a, Lee Chi-yi 16p+9rb, Chen Huei 14p+7rb
BOT - Wu Yong-jen 18p+5a, Chuang Xiao-wen 15p, Yang Chin-min 15p, Chien Ming-fu 14p+9rb+7a, Chou Ben-tang 10p+7rb

Dacin 89-74 BOT (Half 45-39)
Dacin - Chang Chi-feng 26p+10rb+4a+3s, Tien Lei 17p+10rb+3s+3blk, Hsu Chi-chao 16p+6rb
BOT - Chuang Xiao-wen 18p, Yang Chin-min 14p, Wu Yong-jen 14p, Hsu Hao-cheng 11p+7rb, Lin Chun-feng 10p+8rb+4a

Taiwan Beer 82-76 Mars (Half 31-34)
TB - Wu Chih-yuan 22p+10rb, Chen Shih-nian 20p+7rb+6a, Lin Chih-jay 19p+9rb, Liao Wei-chen 7p+12rb
Mars - Yen Shin-shu 21p+8rb+4a, Yang Che-yi 20p+9rb, Lai Kuo-hong 17p+11rb

Yulon 69-65 SINA (Half 32-30)
Yulon - Chen Hsin-an 21p+12rb+4a, Wei Yong-tai 13p+8rb, Chen Chih-chun 11p, Tsun Wen-din 8p+8rb+5blk
SINA - Lo Shin-liang 19p+6rb+5a, Chou Jun-san 11p+7rb, Liu Yi-hsiang 13p+8rb, Huang Chun-hsiung 12p+10rb