Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Taiwan Beer repeats as SBL champion

Taiwan Beer routed Yulon 89-67 in Game 6 of the 2008 SBL Finals to win its second straight title on April 20, defeating Yulon 4-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Finals MVP Lin Chih-chieh had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in the decisive game, which Taiwan Beer led from start to finish.

As Yulon players looked like five lost souls on the court and shot only 37.1% as a team, TB fans could already smelled champagne in the third period, when TB led by more than fifteen.

Center Wu Tai-hao, who didn't take a potential winning shot he should have taken in closing seconds of Game 5, added 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Forward Ho Shou-cheng, who took his performance up a notch in the Finals, had 17 points and 8 rebounds.

Yulon's performance in its last game of the season was simply miserable, evidenced in its 8-of-19 free-throw shooting.

Yang Che-yi led the Dinos with 16 points while Chen Chih-chung added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. However, leading scorer Chen Hsin-an turned in just 10 points, missing 10 of 14 shots.

Tseng Wen-ting, who was outplayed by Wu Tai-hao in the entire series, had 13 points and 8 boards in the season finale.

April 19
Game 5: Yulon 87-85 TB
Chen Hsin-an scored 26 of his game-high 39 points in the first period and made 7 threes in the elimination game as Yulon pulled within one game.

Yang Che-yi scored seven points in the 4th period to make the score 81-73 before TB made the last run. Chen Hsin-an made three of four free-throws in the last 15.2 seconds for the win.

Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 39p(14-26 FG, 7-12 3PT)+12rb, Yang Che-yi 18p, Lee Hsueh-lin 14p
TB: Lin Chih-chieh 24p+10rb+4a, Ho Shou-cheng 16p+10rb, Wu Tai-hao 13p+6rb+5a, Chen Chih-nian 15p(4-4 3PT)




April 18
Game 4: TB 73-66 Yulon
TB used a 17-7 run in the third quarter to win the most important game of the series and was one win away from its second title in as many years.

TB: Lin Chih-chieh 26p+11rb+4s, Yang Ching-min 17p, Ho Shou-cheng 9p+11rb, Wu Tai-hao 10p+6rb+4blk
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 23p+14rb+4a, Lee Hsueh-lin 17p, Chen Chih-chung 15p+5a, Tseng Wen-ting 4p




(Photo source: ESPN Taiwan)