Post-season action continues in the Super Basketball League this evening with the Dacin Tigers taking on Pure Youth Construction in Game 5 of their semi-finals series at the Sinjhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City.
Leading the best-of-seven series 3-1, the third-seeded Tigers can clinch the series with a win tonight for the right to face top seeds Taiwan Beer, who swept the Yulon Luxgens 4-0 in the other semi-final series last week, in the upcoming Championship Final.
The key to tonight’s game will be how well the Cats can handle the Builders’ inside force, Rashad Jones-Jennings, whose averages of 14.25 points and 18.25 rebounds per game in the series so far are a tad short of his regular-season production as he looks to prove his MVP credentials with a good showing in Game 5.
Another point of attack that skipper Hsu Jing-tseh will be counting on is forward James Mao, who has had a couple of very strong games in the series and can easily be the go-to guy for Pure Youth with the series on the line. He can run the transition game very well and take the ball strong to the hoop if necessary to keep the opposing defenders honest.
One thing that the Builders are missing is the post-season experience that the Tigers enjoy, as they have made it into the playoffs in all but one of the last seven seasons, clearly giving them the advantage with regards to experience.
As far as the Tigers are concerned, the game is definitely theirs to lose in the sense they have the momentum and the depth on the bench to clinch the series tonight, with veterans such as Tien Lei and Chang Chih-fong complementing hired gun Alexus Foyle inside the paint.
Guard Wang Chih-chuin, who is the only Tigers player in history to have accomplished a triple-double effort, and three-point threat Chen Tzu-wei have also played very well for coach Chiou Da-tsong in the series so far, making the Cats at least three-point favorites in tonight’s game in New Taipei City.