Loaned by Dacin owner Wang Jen-da to the Chinese Division II Shanshi Dongshen, Taiwanese players Cheng Chih-lung and Chu Chih-chin left for China on May 10. With the addition of Cheng and Chu, Shanshi hopes for a top 2 finish in the Div-II that will place them in the Division I next season.
Cheng(192cm, wing guard) and Chu(198cm, PF) both are still at the top of their game at 32 years-old and among the best in Taiwan. They will stay in China for two months for the Division II season, which starts on June 15.
This is Cheng's second trip to mainland China as a player. Cheng played with Shanghai Sharks in 1999-2000 season, helping Shanghai to the first CBA Finals appearance in franchise history. Released by Shanghai after the Finals, Cheng returned to Taiwan and signed with Dacin Constructions, where he reunited with long-time friend Chu Chih-chin.
Chu Chih-chin signed with Dacin after his ball club, Hong-fu Rams, folded after the CBA (Chinese Basketball Alliance) collapsed once again following its operation suspension.