Regular season champ Dacin Tigers and two-time defending champion Taiwan Beer were one step closer to facing each other in the 2009 SBL Finals after both taking 2-0 leads over their opponents. TB got past Yulon 87-82 in over time and Dacin escape with a 96-93 win over PY.
Thanks to Chang Chih-feng's timely steal with 18.7 seconds to go as the Tigers hanging on a mere two point lead, Dacin was able to stop a furious comeback bid from fourth-seeded Pure Youth. Dacin is now one win away from returning to the Finals for the first time since 2007.
Chang Chih-feng had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Tien Lei had 20 points, including four three-pointers. And import Byron Allen tallied 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Chang Yu-lin, who committed the deadly turnover, and Tsai Wen-cheng each scored 23 for Pure Youth.
Yang Yu-min scored 28 and led Taiwan Beer overcome the loss of Lin Chih-chieh and a 10-point deficit in the third quarter for a hard-fought 87-82 victory in overtime. TB takes a 2-0 lead in the series and is now in the driver's seat.
TB also had a little more luck. Point guard Hsu Hao-cheng banked in a three-pointer with 13.5 seconds to go in regulation to tie the score at 76 all and forced overtime.
Yang Yu-min, who didn't join TB until late season after finishing his season in China's top pro league CBA, picked up the scoring gap. Ho Shou-cheng turned in a double-double in consecutive games with 11 and 15. Center Wu Tai-hao was also brilliant with his 14 points, 8 boards and 4 blocked shots.
Yulon center Tseng Wen-ting shook off a minor slump, contributing 27 points and 9 rebounds. Lu Cheng-ju had 17 points.
However, Chen Hsin-an was once again up inconsistent, failing to score in 22 minutes. With a player of Chen Hsin-an's caliber scoring zero points in 22 minutes, you know Yulon would be in trouble. The chance for Yulon to win was pretty slim.
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