Monday, November 24, 2003

Heavy-favorite SINA drops two straight to open season

SINA hasn’t been playing like the team that rocked the Chinese basketball scene during the last two years, as they dropped another game tonight. Out of everyone’s imagination, SINA lost to Jutai Tech 74-76 and opened the SBL season 0-2.

SINA was the odds-on favorite to win the title because they have the experience. They are tough inside. And they have one of the best backcourt in Lo Shin-liang and Chou Jun-san. But they simply looked lost on the court in the last two games. As the oldest team in the league, SINA also has problem catching on with opponents’ quickness.

SINA looks like a different team under new head coach Hu Tsai-lin, who replaced Chiu Da-tsun. Chiu stayed in China after SINA pulled out of the CBA and is now the new head coach of Jiangsu Dragons, which opens the CBA season winning three straight.

In the other game, Yulon beat BCC Mars 79-74 to wrap up the first week with a 2-0 record. Center Tsun Wen-din led Yulon in scoring for the second consecutive game with 21 points and 11 boards.

Yulon 79-74 Mars (Half 40-46)
Yulon-Tsun Wen-din 21p+11rb, Chen Hsin-an 13p+9rb+4a, Lee Chih-ming 12p, Chen Chih-chun 10p+4s
Mars-Chen Huei 15p, Lee Chi-shun 12p, Cheng An-jay 11p, Yen Shin-shu 7p+9rb+5a

Jutai 76-74 SINA (Half 39-43)
Jutai-Hsu Tse-shin 20p, Yang Yu-ming 16p, Wu Chen-dao 11p, Wu Dai-hao 2p+7rb+3blk
SINA-Lo Shin-liang 13p, Hsu Yong-yi 13p, Liu Yi-shiang 12p+11rb, Chen Shi-jay 10p