Sunday, January 04, 2004

Chen Hsin-an exploded for season-high 41 in easy win

It seems this is everyone has been waiting for since the first day of the season. Chen Hsin-an exploded for a SBL season-high 41 points on 14-22 shooting and led Yulon to an 101-76 rout over Mars. Yulon is 7-0 and remains the only undefeated team, holding a comfortable 2 1/2 games lead over No.2 SINA.

Chen broke the previous record of 39 points, held by Taiwan Beer’s Lin Chih-jay. He made 5 of 9 three-point attempts and shot 9-for-13 from two-point range. If not for the sub par 8-for-15 free-throws, he would have scored more than 45 points.

Yulon shot 40 of 74 (54%) as a team, including 10-for-19 from three-point range, and became the first team to crack the century mark this season.

Mars dropped its third straight game as they looked simply out of synch because of numerous injuries and fatigue. Which explains why they had trouble to keep up with their opponents.

Lo Shin-liang had 25 points as SINA edged Dacin 68-60 for its fifth consecutive win. SINA has won five since opening the season with a surprising three-game losing streak. Within three weeks, SINA climbed from last place to No.2 and is looking to challenge league leader Yulon.

SINA 68-60 Dacin (Half 30-23)
SINA – Lo Shin-liang 25p, Liu Yi-hsiang 14p, Chou Jun-san 8p+5s, Huang Chun-hsiung 4p+12rb+4a+3s
Dacin – Tien Lei 19p+11rb+4a+4s+8TO, Cheng Chan-jun 13p

Yulon 101-76 Mars (Half 48-36)
Yulon – Chen Hsin-an 41p, Chou Shih-yuan 15p, Lee Chih-ming 14p, Tsun Wen-din 11p+20rb+8a, Chiu Chi-yi 10p
Mars – Lai Kuo-hong 17p+8rb, Chen Huei 13p, Hu Yu-wei 11p, Yen Shin-shu 10p+5a, Lee Chi-yi 9p+11rb