It’s official. The 2008 SBL Finals will be a long-awaited matchup everyone has been expecting for the entire season. Taiwan Beer, which swept No. 2 seed dmedia Numen 3-0 in the first round, will meet Yulon Dinos in the Finals.
Yulon beat Pure Youth 3-1 in the first round and will try to win its fourth SBL title in six season.
Taiwan Beer’s sweep has been somewhat of a surprise, given the fact it has always struggled against dmedia during five games of the regular season. However, the Beermen proved that the postseason was another story.
With TB trailing by two with less than two minutes to go in the elimination game, Wu Tai-hao made a turn-around jumper to put TB back on top, 76-75. The 6-8 center then grabbed a crucial defensive rebound and followed with an outlet pass that led to a three-point play by forward Wang Chien-wei to secure the victory.
Wu and Lin Chih-chieh have been the key men in the three-game series. It’s something TB head coach Yen Chia-hua and TB fans would love to see and it will be one of the most factors in the Finals.
In the other matchup, Pure Youth upset Yulon in Game 3 with a two-point victory. Yulon wasted little time to regroup and wrapped up the series the next night with a 98-78 win.
Apr. 5 Yulon 98-78 PY
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 26p+15rb, Yang Che-yi 23p, Chen Chih-chung 12p, Lee Chih-yi 4p+7rb+3blk
PY: Chien Chia-hung 15p+8rb, Chen Chun-chieh 15p, Hsu Shih-ching 12p, Tsai Wen-cheng 14p+9rb
Apr. 4 TB 79-75 dmedia
TB: Lin Chih-chieh 27p, Wu Tai-hao 14p+7rb+3blk
dmedia: J. Sanders 26p+22rb+8a, Ouyang Ching-heng 18p, Hsiao Yuan-chang 14p
PY 86-84 Yulon
PY: Chien Chia-hung 27p+7rb, Wu Chien-lung 10p+15rb+5a, Hsu Shih-ching 15p, Lin CHing-pang 11p+7rb, Chen Shih-chieh 10p+6rb
Yulon: Chen Chih-chung 23p, Yang Che-yi 13p, Lee Chih-yi 10p+12rb+4a+4blk, Chen Hsin-an 10p
(Photo source: ESPN Taiwan)