Saturday, April 14, 2007

Dinos, Hunters claim playoff berths

Yulon Dinos manhandled Bank of Taiwan 87-77 and Videoland Hunters upset Taiwan Beer 86-81 Saturday as both teams claimed playoff berths. At the same time, BOT pushed its team-worse losing streak to 13 games.

Seldom-used guard Hong Chi-chao had a season-high 24 points, making 6-of-8 three-pointers, and helped Videoland in the momentum-changing third quarter with his 13 points. Videoland overcame a 10-point halftime deficit with a 53-38 second half, limiting TB to two points in the last two minutes.

Videoland and Taiwan Beer, which will likely meet in the first round playoff, met for the last time in the regular season and closed out the series with four wins and one loss.

VL, which is 18-7 and ranked No.2 in the standing, has won six straight and opened a 1 1/2 game lead over third-place TB (17-9), which was in a 2-3 slump in its last five games.

ETSN 85-78 Azio
ETSN: Delvin Thomas 13p+14rb, Wu Dai-hao 15p+8rb
Azio: Chien Jia-hong 17p, James Mao 16p, Hong Chih-shan 15p

Yulon 87-77 BOT
Yulon: TsunWen-din 20p+7rb+5blk, Chen Chih-chun 17p, Lee Hsueh-lin 11p+7a
BOT: Hsu Chi-chan 18p, Ju Yong-hong 17p, Yang Chin-min 11p

VL 86-81 TB
VL: Hong Chi-chao 24p, Jonathan Sanders 28p+19rb, Lai Kuo-hong 12p
TB: Lo Shin-liang 17p, Ho Sho-jen 17p, Lin Chih-jay 14p