Saturday, March 26, 2005

Chen Hsin-an has 14 in season debut

Chen Hsin-an (aka Sean Chen) scored 14 points in his first game of the season Friday night, after completing ABA season with Long Beach Jam. Chen helped Yulon to a 79-64 convincing win over Taiwan Beer, re-assuring Yulon's status as the best team in the league at 17-4.

Chen Hsin-an had a couple practices with Yulon but still looked a little bit rusty, shooting 6 for 15 in the game. But his two one-handed dunks were all the fans wanted. Chen did not start, checking into the game with 6 minutes left in the first quarter and drew applauses and screamings from the stands.

With one season of North American pro ball experience under his belt, Chen showed more power in his game and did not hesitate with taking shots, which was a lot different than his old self. Chen said after the game he still needs to adjust to the playing style and the officiating in Taiwan after being away from taiwan for almost 6 months.

The game also marked the first dual between Chen and Lin Chi-jay, two of the most popular players in Taiwan. Lin, the No.2 scorer in SBL, did not play particularly well either. He had 14 points on 6 of 14 shooting.

Chou Shih-yuan, who became Yulon's No. 1 offensive option during Chen's absence, had game-high 26 points. Tsun Wen-din had only 6 points but pulled down 8 rebounds to go with 5 steals and 6 blocks.

Ho Sho-jen led TB with 25 points.

In the second game, ETSN rallied from a 35-44 halftime deficit and beat BOT 74-68. Center Wu Dai-hao had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Wu Jun-hsiung also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Yang Chin-min had 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead BOT, now one game behind ETSN at fifth-place. Lin CHun-feng had 10 points and 11 rebounds.