Friday, April 28, 2006

TB wins Game 5, advances to SBL Finals

Led by (who else?) Lin Chi-jay, who had a game-high 33 points, Taiwan Beer routed Dacin Tigers 90-76 in the decisive Game 5 and advanced to the SBL Finals for the first time in team history.

TB became the first team in SBL playoff history to overcome a 0-2 deficit and win a five-game series. It also overcame an 8-point deficit at halftime and turned the game a rout in the second half, when TB outscored Dacin 52-30.

Lin Chi-jay took the game on his shoulder by scoring 23 points in the second half, including 13 straight points during one stretch. Ho Sho-jen's two timely 3-pointers crushed Dacin and help TB to lead by as many as 20 points in the 4th quarter.

TB will meet defending champ Yulon in the best-of-three SBL Finals, which tips-off on Saturday.

Dacin failed to make the Finals for consecutive years and has to meet Bank of Taiwan, which scared Yulon in the first round before bowing out 3-1, in the third-place series (Best-of-Five).

Game 5: TB 90-76 Dacin (Half 38-46)
TB wins series 3-2
TB: Lin Chi-jay 33p(11-23 FG)+11rb+5a, Ho Sho-jen 22p(9-14 FG)+8rb, Shan Wei-fan 17p
Dacin: Tien Lei 24p(11-23 FG)+16rb, Su Yi-chieh 14p