D-Day for Winling and Fukien
It's judgment day in the A1 Division League finals series when Fukien face Winling in the deciding game five this evening.
Winling have twice led the series, having won games one and three - 71-68 and 77-76 respectively - but were pegged back each time by Fukien, who took games two and four 68-57 and 83-85.
Fukien captain Yung Kam-wah expects a close contest before the expected full house of 2,000 at MacPherson Stadium in Mongkok. 'It's going to be a 50-50 game,' said Yung, 'The previous scores have proved the two sides are very close, and whoever performs better on the court will win the title.'
Over the four games, Winling showed they had greater speed down the floor but Yung is confident Fukien can stop them.
'There is no doubt Winling have good speed, so we need to be faster if we want to beat them,' said Yung. 'We will need to block them from long-range shooting as well.'
Winling skipper Poon Chi-ho, who averaged 18.6 points per game in the regular season, scored a play-offs-high 34 points in game three of this series, including seven three-pointers.
Yung is glad Fukien are injury-free, meaning big forward Li Wai-lun and Sung Fong are available to start. Sung, the towering centre, had been nursing a knee injury and has not made much impact so far.
Li, who has been troubled by flu, recovered some of his best form in game four when scoring seven straight points in overtime to seal the victory for Fukien.