Monday, April 17, 2006

SBL 05-06 regular season ends ; Yulon on top again

Led by Tsun Wen-din and Chou Shih-yuan, who scored 18 points apiece, Yulon beat Dacin 87-83 on the final day and finished atop the standings for the third consecutive season.

Yulon finished the regular season 24-6, one win less than last season. It was 19-5 in the 2003-04 season.

Taiwan Beer edged YMY 89-88 to boost its record to 20-10 and won the No.2 seed in the playoffs. But TB nearly lost its leading scorer Lin Chi-jay in the third quarter when Lin twisted his left ankle. Fortunately TB trainer said it took two to three days for Lin to recover. He should be able to play in the playoffs.

Taiwan Beer has gone a long way to where it is today. The team almost folded three years ago. And it was 9-15 and out of the playoffs in SBL's inaugural season. Led by talented scorer Lin Chi-jay, TB was 16-14 last season and squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.

Dacin finished 19-11 and dropped to No.3. Still, this is Dacin's best season in team history.

TB 89-88 YMY
TB: Lin Kwan-lun 20p, Ho Sho-jen 16p, Pan Jen-der 14p
YMY: Lo Shin-liang 36p, Chang Yu-lin 26p, Chien Jia-hong 12p+13rb

Yulon 87-83 Dacin
Yulon: Tsun Wen-din 18p+13rb, Chou Shih-yuan 18p, Chen Chih-chun 15p, Chou hong-yu 15p
Dacin: Tien Lei 36p+19rb, Chang Chi-feng 18p, Wang Chih-chun 12p

Final Standings:
1. Yulon 24-6
2. Taiwan Beer 20-10
3. Dacin 19-11
4. Bank of Taiwan 15-15
5. Videoland 13-17
6. ETSN 11-19
7. YMY 3-27

Best-of-Five First Round Playoffs:
(1) Yulon vs. (4) BOT
(2) TB vs. (3) Dacin
Game Days: April 21, 22, 23, 26, 27