Sunday, May 07, 2006

SBL Finals - Yulon three-peats on Chou Hong-yu's buzzerbeater

Chou Hong-yu tipped in Tsun Wen-din's missed layup at the buzzer as Yulon Dinos beat Taiwan Beer 74-73 in Game 5 of the 2006 SBL Finals Sunday and completed an unprecedented three-peat.

Yulon, which won the series 4-1, was still the only champion the SBL has ever known. It beat Sina 3-0 in the 2004 SBL Finals and swept Dacin 3-0 in the 2005 SBL Finals.

Tsun Wen-din, the 6-8 center who averaged 20 points and 9.8 rebounds in five games, was voted Finals Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

Taiwan Beer had trailed for almost the entire game but took the lead in the last minute after Shan Wei-fan made two free-throws and made the score 73-72. It looked like Taiwan Beer would extend the series to the next week.

With 6.0 seconds left, Yulon had the final shot. Tsun Wen-din received the inbound pass at the top of the key and took the ball to the basket. The ball bounced off the rim but Chou Hong-yu, who was left alone under the basket as his defender switched off to double Tsun, tipped in a bankshot as the final buzzer sounded.

Game 5: Yulon 74-73 TB (Half 43-33)
Yulon: Wei Yong-tai 19p, Chou Shih-yuan 16p, Chen Chih-chun 12p, Tsun Wen-din 11p+5rb+7TO, Lee Hsueh-lin 10p, Chou Hong-yu 6p
TB: Chen Shih-nian 13p, Ho Sho-jen 12p, Hsu Hao-cheng 11p+8rb+5a, Shan Wei-fan 11p, Lin Chi-jay 8p+10rb