Saturday, November 30, 2002

NOTES: Div-II, UBA updates

-- Jin-jin Design, which is conprised of mostly former Yulon players, wins the Division-II in 2002 President Cup with a 5-0 record in the single-round robin games. The fact that Jin-jin Design wins the division playing only 5 games and with mostly retired players from Div-I says something about the lifeless Taiwanese basketball. Also, two of the six Div-II teams are university teams.

Div-II Standings: 1. Jin-jin Design(5-0), 2. National Taiwan College of Physical Education, NTCPE (4-1), 3. Fushiang Hotel(3-2), 4. Tung-nan Institute of Technology, TNIT(2-3), 5. Tsaishin HS Alumni(1-4), 6. Jia-na Corp.(0-5)

Division-I games of the President Cup tipoff on January 15, 2003.

-- Elite Eight are determined after the preliminary round of the UBA(University Basketball Association). The single-round robin second round games will start on February 17, 2003.

Group A: Taipei Physical Education College(TPEC), National Taiwan College of Physical Education(NTCPE), Chinese Culture University(CCU), National Taipei University of Technology(NTUT)

Group B: National Taiwan Normal University(NTNU), National Taiwan University of Arts(NTUA), Fu-Jen Catholic University(FJU), Tung-Nan Institute of Technology(TNIT)

Sunday, November 24, 2002

2002 Asian Junior Men's Championship Taiwan NT roster

Name Height Weight Age Position School
Lee Chih-ming 177 71 18 PG TPEC
Chen Shih-nian 180 74 18 PG TPEC
Lin Kuan-lun 185 78 18 SG NTNU
Chang Yi-wen 183 75 18 G TAU
Chen Shi-jay 173 73 18 SG Tsai-shin HS
Yang Chin-min 187 78 18 SF Fujen Univ.
Hsu Shi-chin 192 89 18 F Nanshan HS
Chen Tse-wei 195 78 17 PF Nanshan HS
Wang Chuan-jian 193 91 17 PF Kao-yuan HS
Wu Jun-hsiung 197 90 18 C TPEC
Wu Dai-hao 202 98 17 C Tsai-shin HS
Tsun Wen-din 204 86 18 C TTU

Head Coach: Hsu Jin-tse(Tsai-shin HS)
Assistant Coaches: Lin Ju-han, Lee Bo-lun

Average height: 188.9cm, Average weight: 81.7kg

Taiwan eyes for top three in ABC Junior Championship

With the selections of Tsun Wen-din, Wu Dai-hao and Lee Chih-ming, three 18-year-old players who played on senior level, Taiwan Junior NT will look for the top three finish in the upcoming ABC Junior Championship , which will be held in Kuwait in Dec.16-26.

Tsun Wen-din(204cm), Wu Dai-hao(202cm) and Lee Chih-ming(177cm) are part of the youngest Senior NT in Taiwanese basketball history. The 2002 edition Taiwan NT features only one player above 27 years-old and received mixed results -- mostly disappointing -- during this past year.

These three players, who often looked lost on the court in the Asian Games in Busan, will find much easier competition in Kuwait. They are joined by Chen Shih-nian, who at 18 is already considered the best point guard prospect in the nation. With Chen Shih-nian handling the point, the explosive Lee Chih-ming can be moved to the shooting guard spot, his position in high school, and takes advantage of his quickness and perimeter shooting.

Tsun and Wu, already have two years of international experience under their belt, will be the most formidable frontline in Taiwan Junior history. Tsun plays the game with smart and mobility and will provide his teammtes with reliable interior defense. Wu, only a high school senior, will also change opponents' shots with his 7-1 wingspan and be able to play on the wing to show his awesome athletic ability.

The most influential factor for this team will be their outside shooting, which looks suspect sometimes. They should have no problem breezing past the preliminary round, which they will face Kuwait, India and Hong Kong in Group C. The teams expected to make it to the semifinals are still traditional Asian powers - China, South Korea and maybe Japan or Qatar.

The other brackets are: Group A - South Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Mongolia ; Group B - China, Qatar, Malaysia, Srilanka ; Group D - Japan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Bahrain.

Saturday, November 09, 2002

SINA bring in two new imports

SINA Lions brought in two new imports, Jason Jennings and Stan Blackmon, after releasing Luis Fernando and Carlos Booker. Also, 203cm C/F Tan Bo-chan, who's just signed two months ago, failed the pre-season physical in 3200M running and will be going back to Taiwan.

Jason Jennings
Height: 213cm / 7'0''
Position: Center
Born: 1979
College: Arkansas St.
Bald Knob(Bald Knob)
2000-2001: Arkansas St. (NCAA): 13.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg
2001-2002: Arkansas St. (NCAA): 30 games: 14.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.9 apg
2002: Portsmouth Invitation Tournament
2002: Drafted by Portland TB (from Toronto via Chicago) (NBA,2rd(43))
2002: Drafted by Dakota Wizards (CBA,2nd round (16))
2002-2003: Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)

Stan Blackmon
Height: 198cm / 6'6''
Position: Forward
Born: 1978
Born: Sep.5, 1978 in Dallas (Texas)
97/98 Odessa JC (Tx.)
98/99 Odessa JC (Tx.)
99/00 Arkansas-Little Rock (Ncaa1)
2000-2001: UALR (NCAA): SBCScore-3(18.4), 7rpg, FGP-1(55.3%)
2001: Rocky Mountain Summer League (Dallas Mavericks)
2001-2002: Pico FC La Pampa (ARG): in Oct.'01 was replaced by Nick Dillon, in March '02 was signed by
Brest (FRA-ProB): 12games: 24.5ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg

Taiwan Beer, Yitong stay in Div-I

Taiwan Beer and Yitong Trust Agency, which finished 3-0 and 2-1 respectively in the Qualifying Series, will stay in the Division I in the upcoming President Cup. Taiwan Physical Education College, 1-2, and Fushiang Hotel, 0-3, will remain in the Division II after the single-round robin series.

TB and Yitong finished 7th and 8th in the 8-team Division I of the previous A-League Regular Season, which means they have to play the top two teams from the Division II in the Qualifying Series to stay in the upper division.

The 2002-03 President Cup will tip-off on November 11th, with Division II going first from Nov.11-27. The Div-I schedule will start on January 15th, 2003.

Qualifying Series Results:
TB 87-62 Fushiang
Yitong 77-72 TPEC
TPEC 93-71 Fushiang
TB 85-79 Yitong
Yitong 83-73 Fushiang
TB 81-68 TPEC