Monday, April 12, 2004

Yulon beat Mars 2-1, advanced to Finals

Yulon proved once again defense wins games. Yulon forced Mars to four consecutive turnovers in the last two minutes in the deciding 72-61 victory and finally won the series 2-1 over the short-handed opponent.

Mars center Lai Kuo-hong committed three of four turnovers in the last two minutes under tight defense by Yulon’s Wu Chih-wei, whose one-handed dunk earlier inspired Yulon to make the final push. Yulon was able to pull away with an 8-0 run and iced the victory with a 10-point lead.

Chen Hsin-an had 20 points, with half his points coming from free-throw line. Tsun Wen-din also dominated underneath, collecting 19 points and 13 rebounds. But Wu Chih-wei, with his inspiring dunk and brilliant defense, was obviously the unsung hero tonight.

Yulon advanced to the SBL Finals, where they will meet the winner of SINA-Dacin series. The best-of-five SBL Finals will start on April 15th.

Yulon 72-61 Mars (Half 33-25)
Yulon – Chen Hsin-an 20p+7rb, Tsun Wen-din 19p+13rb+3blk, Chou Shih-yuan 11p, Wu Chih-wei 10p+9rb
Mars – Yang Che-yi 19p+6rb, Lin Shin-hwa 13p+7rb, Lai Kuo-hong 10p+8rb