Hu Lung-mao scored 18 of his game-high 35 points in the third quarter as two-time defending champion Song-shan HS rallied in the second half to beat San-min HS 97-81 Saturday in the 2011 HBL men's semifinal and advanced to the HBL finals for the third straight year where it will meet Nan-shan HS Sunday.
With eight seniors on its roster, Song-shan will be more experienced than Nan-shan, a traditional powerhouse which is seeking its sixth title in HBL history.
Song-shan head coach Huang Wan-lung's halftime speech inspired Hu, arguably the best player in the HBL. Hu scored as many points as San-min in the third quarter and turned a seven-point deficit into a rout.
Nan-shan led from start to finish in a 78-70 victory over Nen-ren, which was seeking its third straight HBL finals appearance, but did not win without a scare.
Leading by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, Nan-shan had no answer against Nen-ren's three-point attack and saw its lead shrink to a mere three points in the final quarter.
Song-shan 97-81 San-min
Song-shan: Hu Lung-mao 35p+13rb+2s, Huang Po-wei 19p, Chien Chao-yi 15p
San-min: Shih Yen-tsung 20p+10rb+3blk, Lin Kuan-ren 23p+6rb
Nan-shan 78-70 Nen-ren
Nan-shan: Chen Kuan-chuan 20p+11rb, Chiu Jih-cheng 13p, Wu Chia-chun 12p
Nen-ren: Chen Yi-chun 18p+7rb+9a+3s, Tien Chen-tung 24+8rb(6-12 3PT), Chen Hung-lin 10p+10rb
In the women's competition, Hai-shan beat Jin-ou 80-57 and Hu-jiang upset defending champ Tamsui 85-81 in overtime Saturday.
Led by backup guard Shen Shin, who had 8 points and seven steals in 21 minutes, Hu-jiang snapped its 12-game losing streak against Tamsui to make its first ever HBL finals appearance in school history.
Waiting for Hu-jiang in the finals will be Hai-shan, which is looking for its fourth title in history in its seventh finals appearance.
Hai-shan 80-57 Jin-ou
Hai-shan: Huang Hsiang-ting 21p+11rb+4blk, Wang Wei-ling 14p+15rb+2blk, Chen Yen-yu 16p+6rb+5a+2s+2blk
Jin-ou: Chen Ting-yu 13p
Hu-jiang 85-81 (OT) Tamsui
Hu-jiang: Chang Chi-fang 23p+6rb+6a+2s, Chen CHun-wei 19p+8rb+7s, Shen Shin 8p+7s
Tamsui: Lin Yu-ting 25p+5rb+6a, Yang Jung 22p+14rb, Han Chun-en 13p+8rb