Tien Lei had 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter and Dacin received huge support from its backcourt as the Tigers won Game 5 89-76 Saturday in the 2010 SBL Finals and kept their title hopes alive, now trailing Yulon 3-2.
With its back against the wall, Dacin opened the game 11-3 and never looked back, leading 38-32 at the half. Byron Allen had to spend the entire third quarter on the bench due to foul troubles but that was not a problem for Dacin.
Tien had two three-pointers in the decisive third period as Dacin led by as many as 14. Yulon’s comeback bid was put off by Huang Bao-tse’s three and Allen’s three-point play in the final quarter. he Luxgen was never able to pull within seven points.
Game 6 will be played Sunday night at Hsinjhuang Stadium, Taipei County.
Game 5: Dacin 89-76 Yulon
Dacin: Tien Lei 20p+10rb, Byron Allen 13p, Su Hsiang-yi 13p, Huang Bao-tse 13p, Lo Yu-chun 13p
Yulon: Tseng Wen-ting 21p+9rb+4a, Lu Cheng-ju 15p, Lee Hsueh-lin 12, Yang Che-yi 10p, Chen Chih-chung 10p
Lo Yu-chun (left) and Huang Bao-tse were the key in the Game 5 victory
Game 4: Yulon 87-81 Dacin
Chen Chih-chung scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the first half and led Yulon Luxgen to a commanding 3-1 series lead after a 87-81 win over the defending champ Dacin Tigers. Dacin had a 12-4 spurt to close the gap to 79-76 but was unable to make the final push.
Dacin was obviously hurt by the demise of Chang Chih-feng, who won the SBL MVPs in the regular season and in the Finals last year. Chang averaged only 7.3 points peer game in the first four games of the Finals, almost 50% off from his regular season average of 15.2 points. He averaged for 15.9 points per game in the 2009 SBL Finals.
Yulon: Chen Chih-chung 27p+8rb+5a, Lee Hsueh-lin 17p+4a, Wu Feng-cheng 16p, Tseng Wen-ting 16p+10rb
Dacin: B. Allen 20p+6rb, Tien Lei 18p, Su Yi-chieh 14p+5rb+4a, Chang Chih-feng 10p
(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)