Saturday, April 17, 2004

Yulon edged SINA in OT, one win away from title

Chen Hsin-an had 26 points and 7 assists and led Yulon to another thrilling come-from-behind victory, which they beat SINA 78-76 in overtime and took a 2-0 lead in 2004 SBL Finals.

Yulon is one win away from the title and have a chance to sweep SINA. Game Three will be played tomorrow night.

For the second straight game, Yulon trailed by double digit before halftime. SINA came out of the gate to take 23-8 and 32-18 lead. But Yulon never panicked. With their full-court pressure defense, Yulon was able to cut the deficit down to one point, 42-43, before halftime.

After that it has been a see-saw game for both teams. Yulon had a chance to wrap up the game but committed two turnovers in the final minute of regulation. SINA also missed their chance as Kao Li-min made only one of two free-throws with 29.4 seconds remaining.

With 4.2 seconds left in overtime and Yulon leading by three, Kao Li-min had another mental mistake as he tried to made a layup instead of shooting a three. Kao was fouled with 0.8 seconds left and made one of two free-throws.

Chen Hsin-an made 5-of-11 from the three-point range. PG Chen Chih-chun, who was 6-for-8 in the game, also made a couple key shots for Yulon.

Lo Shin-liang had another outstanding game with 31 points and 11 rebounds. He was 11-for-17 from the field.

Yulon 78-76(OT) SINA (Half 42-43, Regulation 68-68)
Yulon – Chen Hsin-an 26p+5rb+7a, Chen Chih-chun 15p+7rb, Tsun Wen-din 14p+8rb+5blk, Chiu Chi-yi 13p
SINA – Lo Shin-liang 31p+11rb, Chou Jun-san 13p, Liu Yi-hsiang 12p+9rb, Huang Chun-hsiung 7p+6rb, Kao Li-min 8p