Monday, February 07, 2005

Lo Shin-liang leads Sina to first win of season

Lo Shin-liang made two crucial three-pointers in the last three minutes as Sina edged Taiwan Beer 84-78 to end its 13-game losing streak on Sunday, the last game day before the Chinese New Year break. Sina is still only 1-13, but at least they can have a happier vacation.

Sina trailed 71-66 with six minutes left. Lo Shin-liang, Liu Yi-hsiang and rookie Lu Cheng-ju scored Sina's last 18 points, including four three-pointers, to complete the last rally. Lo made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to one point before Liu Yi-hsiang made another trey to pull ahead, 75-73. Lo swished another three-pointer on fastbreak with 1:06 left, when the score was 80-73, to ensure Sina put a "W" on the win-loss column.

The victory is the first win for Sina since April 13, 2004, when they beat Dacin in the Game 3 of the 2004 SBL first round playoffs and advanced to the Finals. Since then Sina dropped three straight to Yulon in the title series and opened the 2004-05 season with 13 straight losses. In all, it is an embarrassing, also unbelievable, 16-game losing streak.

In the first game of the day, Tien Lei had 28 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists in Dacin's 79-76 win over Videoland. Dacin knocked VL out of the first place and is riding on a four-game winning streak.

Dacin 79-76 VL
Dacin: Tien Lei 28p+15rb+6a, Hsu Chi-chao 19p, Chang Chi-feng 15p
VL: Lee Chi-yi 19p, Yang Che-yi 14p, Lai Kuo-hong 12p

Sina 84-78 Taiwan Beer
Sina: Lo Shin-liang 21p+12rb+6a, Lu Cheng-ju 20p, Liu Yi-hsiang 15p+7rb
TB: Lin Chi-jay 21p+7rb, Hsu Hao-cheng 12p+7rb, Lin Kwan-lun 11p

Yulon 9-3, VL 10-4, Dacin 9-5, TB 7-6, BOT 6-7, ETSN 4-8, Sina 1-13