Yang Ching-min made a game-winning three at the buzzer as Taiwan Beer held on a furious rally and beat Dacin 67-65, grabbing a 2-1 lead at the best-of-five SBL first round playoff series.
In the other game, Yulon beat Pure Youth 78-68 for a 2-1 series lead.
TB, which led 44-27 at the half, watched its 17-point lead evaporated in the second half as Dacin, led by import Byron Allen and Tien Lei, staged a strong comeback bid. Allen scored on a putback off Tien’s miss with 10.9 seconds to go to help Dacin lead by 65-64, its first lead after the first quarter.
TB relied on Yang, who scored 18, and Lin Chih-chieh, who had 19 points.
Byron Allen tallied 18 points and 18 boards for Dacin, which also received 11 points and 9 rebounds from Tien Lei. Su Yi-chieh added 13 points and reigning SBL Finals MVP Chang Chih-feng turned in 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Yulon center Tseng Wen-ting walked out from the slump and had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the most important game of the series. Lu Cheng-ju had 19 points. Chen Chih-chung had 14 and Lee Chi-yi added 10.
PY was once again led by James Mao, who had a game-high 24 points and 6 rebounds, and Jon Sanders while other players were completely shut down by Yulon’s defense. Sanders had 23 and 10.
(Photo: ESPN Taiwan)