South China's hopes of retaining the A1 division title were put on hold as they suffered their first loss in the play-off, a 74-62 defeat in game three by Fukien at the McPherson Stadium last night. The reigning champions were in the driver's seat before last night's game with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five final series, but they now need a victory on Wednesday night to claim the overall title when the two teams meet again in game four. And that remains a big question mark following their poor performance last night. Wu Kin-fung, who scored 25 points in game two for South China, managed only six points last night and only hard-working Lee Wai-lun, who played all 40 minutes, was able to perform. He scored 25 points. South China never had the lead in the match, at one point in the final period trailing by 17 points. Fukien's towering forward Song Fong scored 23 points, while another veteran Yung Kam-wah added 12. Song, at 2.13 metres, was in control of the rebounds and his combination with Yung in attack created plenty of problems for South China. The return of Hong Kong national team member Lui Chor-wai also gave Fukien more options up front. Lui missed the opening game in the series with an ankle injury and played only a short period in game two. However, he spent almost 20 minutes on the court last night and his ability to control the pace created many opportunities for his teammates. 'Our defence has improved and we are much more patient in attack and that's why we were able to pull one game back,' said Yung. 'South China also had regular Tam Wai-yeung injured and was not playing at his best, which had greatly affected their overall performance.' Yung said the two teams were very close and it would be difficult to predict who would win on Wednesday. 'We will approach the next game with great caution as we cannot afford a loss. If we are able to maintain our level of performance, we should have a good chance to even the overall score,' he said. Fukien built up an 8-0 lead in the opening stages, thanked to two three-pointers from Yung. They were in total command of the first period with a 20-11 lead. South China battled hard in the next period and with the hard work and shooting power of Lee, they clawed their way back to the game, trailing only 30-29 after the first two periods. Fukien pressured hard afterwards. Point guard Chung Ming-tat had two three-pointers.