Tuesday, February 22, 2005

ETSN beats VL in new coach Lee's debut

Yang Yu-min scored 28 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, and Chou Jun-san had 17 points and 7 assists as ETSN beat Videoland 91-84 in head coach Lee Yun-hsiang's debut on Sunday. ETSN won two striaght and climbed to 6-8. Yulon(10-3) routed Sina 92-78 and climbed to the first place, while VL(10-5) dropped to second.

34 year-old Lee Yun-hsiang, a former NT player and has been working for ESPNSTAR Sports as a TV analyst, was hired by ETSN as technical consultant. However he will take full responsibility as head coach. The reason he is not listed as head coach is he doesn't possess Rank-B basketball coach certification. Under CTBA rule, he can't be listed as head coach in the first division.

The 6-3 Lee was a highly-regarded wing player in his playing days and was selected to ABC Asian All-Star Game in late nineties. He took over the stuggling ETSN and will try to take the team into the playoffs.

It wil not be an easy task. Lee will have to first gain the trust of veteran PG Chou Jun-san, who's older than Lee. Secondly he has to squeeze out the potential of NT players Yang Yu-min and Wu Dai-hao. Most of all, he has to make ETSN function as a team, not a group of individuals. Observers think that, with ETSN's talent and depth, they have no reason to be at 6-8 right now.

ETSN 91-84 VL
ETSN: Yang Yu-min 28p, Chou Jun-san 17p+7a, Wu Cheng-dao 17p
VL: Lee Chi-yi 18p, Lai Kuo-hong 18p, Chen Huei 14p

Yulon 92-78 Sina
Yulon: Tsun Wen-din 25p(10-12 FG)+8rb+3s+4blk, Chen Chih-chun 17p, Hong Chi-chao 17p, Chou Shih-yuan 16p
Sina: Lo Shin-liang 21p+9rb, Liu Yi-hsiang 18p+11rb, Kao Li-min 16p