Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Dacin, Videoland and Yulon were all hurt by the absence of current NT players, who are entering another training camp for the preparation of East Asian Games after finishing 9th-place in the Asian Championship earlier this month. The absence of top players resulted in lopsided games which drew little fanfare, averaging only a couple hundreds per game.
Game 1: TNT 118-75 Dacin (A. Taulava 21p+14rb, D. Cantrell 23p+14rb ; Lin Yi-huei 27p, Chen Tse-wei 14p+6rb, Lin Hwan-chao 11p+7rb, Su Yi-chieh 10p+7a)
Game 2: TNT 120-90 VL (D. Cantrell 20p+9rb, A. Washington 17p+8rb ; Hu Yu-wei 18p, Hong Chi-chao 15p)
Game 3: TNT 96-88 Yulon (A. Taulava 23p+11rb ; Wu Chih-wei 21p+5rb+4s+3a, Chiu Chi-yi 29p)
Friday, September 23, 2005
Taiwan NT added veteran center Wu Chih-wei to strengthen its frontline for the East Asian Games after the departure of Wu Dai-hao, who enrolled in U.S. BYU-Hawaii and will start his playing career in North America.
Players who missed the Asian Championship -- Chen Hsin-an, Ho Sho-jen, Lin Chi-jay and Chang Chih-feng -- are expected to sit out the East Asian Games, which will be held in Macao in October, as well.
Monday, September 19, 2005
December 10, 2005 - May 14, 2006: Regular season (Each team faces its opponents five times and plays a total of 30 games).
February 4: All-Star Game
May 19, 2006 - May 25, 2006: First Round (Best-of-Five)
May 27, 2006 - June 11, 2006: Finals (Best-of-Seven)
-- Starting from 2005-06 season, college freshmen can't play in the SBL and the UBA at the same time. A college freshman will play either for his club team or his college team.
-- Any team that boycotts the game or refuses to take the court under protest has to play a 600,000 NTD fine.
-- TV reply will not be used to change calls.
-- Any team that withdraws from the league in mid-season is not allowed to re-enter SBL or play in any CTBA-sanctioned competition in two years.
-- ESPN Taiwan, Videoland and ETSN will share broadcasting right in the 2005-06 season.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Philippines basketball players will be seen a lot in Taiwan before the end of the year. PBA announced it will schedule an regular season oversea game in Taipei on December 14th, the second oversea game in PBA history. PBA's Talk N Text Phone Pal also will visit Taipei for a three-game friendly series.
"Taiwan-Philippines Goodwill Games", hosted by CTBA and sponsored by Dynamic-Sky Multimedia Corp., Philippine Airlines and Elite Express, will feature Talk N Text to take on three Taiwanese SBL teams -- Yulon, Videoland and Dacin -- from September 23-25. All games will be played at TPEC Gym and televised by Videoland Sports TV.
9/23 19:00 Talk N Text vs. Dacin Construction
9/24 15:00 Talk N Text vs. Videoland Hunters
9/25 15:00 Talk N Text vs. Yulon Dinos
PBA will kick off its 31st season (Fiesta Conference) with eight provincial games in provincial venue outside Manila and one oversea game in Taipei. Defending Fiesta Conference champion Talk N Text will meet San Miguel in Taipei.
The first oversea game in PBA history took place last year, when Talk N Text met Shell in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Taiwan took advantage of Malaysia's weaker defense and shot 17 for 37 from three-point territory. Wu Dai-hao led the team with 18 points. Tsun Wen-din had 16 points. Chou Shih-yuan and Wang Chih-chun scored 14 apiece while Lee Chi-yi had 13. Yang Yu-min collected 10 points.
Taiwan NT beat Kazakhstan in the Jones Cup tournament in July.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
Led by Tien Lei's 22 points, all players scored as Taiwan NT routed Uzbekistan 111-71 in its opening game in the 2005 Asian Championship.
Taiwan tool advantage of its quickness, installing full-court press from time to time to disrupt Uzbekistan's tempo. Following a rusty first quarter, Taiwan gradually pulled away. Tien Lei made four three-pointers in the second half to increase Taiwan's largest lead to 43 points.
Starting point guard Chen Chih-chun had 15 points while starting SG Yang Yu-ming had 12. Wu Dai-hao and Yang Chin-ming scored 11 respectively. Chou Shih-yuan collected 10 points, followed by Lee Hseuh-lin and yang Che-yi, both had 7 points.
Aleksandr Kozlov paced Uzbekistan with 22 points.
China 76-61 Iran (32-35)
Qatar 74-62 Japan (41-29)
India 106-87 Hong Kong
Kazakhstan 89-62 Indonesia
Lebanon vs. Jordan N/A
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Sina Lions, which said it's pulling out of the SBL on August 18th, announced yesterday it has two options regarding team's future. Either it keeps the team intact and stays in the SBL or it will sell the team to anyone interested. It reiterates that Sina will not close business or drop back to Division-II (A-League).
Meanwhile, Jutai Technology, who's expected to win the A-League title this week, plans to submit the application to CTBA and enter the SBL. It's possible Sina, Bank of Taiwan -- SBL's worst teams last season, and Sina will play a relegation round to decide who's up and who's down.
Monday, September 05, 2005
Losing Chen Hsin-an(Ranked 3rd in SBL scoring last season), Lin Chi-jay(SBL scoring leader last season), Chang Chi-feng(11th in scoring) and Ho Sho-jen(8th in scoring) definitely hurts. But head coach Lee Yun-kwang, taking over the team after a two-year hiatus, is determined to lead Taiwan back to Asian basketball powers. He sets top six as the goal for this team.
The first step to make it back to Asia elite will be making the quarterfinals. It will not be easy for Taiwan as it's in the same preliminary bracket with China, Iran and Uzbekistan. Some people call it the Death Group. China will definitely win the group. That leaves one spot for the remaining three teams.
To win the last seed, Taiwan has to beat Iran, which is a tough task since Iran features three big men -- 223cm Jaber Rouzbahani, 216cm Hamad Hadadi and 209cm Mohammed Shahsavand. Coach Lee knows how hard it is but wouldn't give up before even playing its opponent. He also knows Taiwan has to protect its defensive rebounds, limit Iran's interior attack and look for every fastbreak opportunity.
It's almost the most important game for Taiwan NT in the championship. If it loses it, the best finish for them will be the eighth place.
Tsun Wen-din and Wu Dai-hao will be the key players in the championship. Tsun, who won SBL Finals MVP, and Wu, who enrolled in BYU-Hawaii last week, have to protect the paint, hit the glass and avoid foul trouble to play extended minutes. In other words, Tsun and Wu have to anchor Taiwan's defense, which is the key factor for this team to be successful after losing so many talented offensive players.
On offense, Taiwan will rely heavily on its outside shot once again. Two-time SBL regular season MVP Tien Lei will have to step up and be the leader, playing inside and out. As the best passing big man on the team, Tsun Wen-din will also play an important role. And Taiwanese guards will have to hit their open shots. Chou Shih-yuan and Yang Yu-ming will shoulder major pressure at the perimeter.
**Taiwan NT 12-man Roster for 2005 Asian Championship
(Position, Name, Height, Age, Team)
PG Chen Chih-chun 180 77 28 Yulon
PG Lee Hsueh-lin 175 75 21 Yulon
PG Wang Chih-chun 180 75 23 Dacin
PG Chen Shih-nian 180 76 21 Taiwan Beer
SG Chou Shih-yuan 190 80 22 Yulon
SG Yang Yu-min 180 73 26 ETSN
SF Yang Che-yi 193 85 27 Videoland
SF Yang Chin-min 188 81 21 Bank of Taiwan
PF Lee Chi-yi 198 88 27 Videoland
PF Tien Lei 202 88 22 Dacin
C Wu Dai-hao 202 100 20 ETSN
C Tsun Wen-din 202 90 21 Yulon
Head coach: Lee Yun-kwang(Yulon)
Assistants: Chou Hai-jung(VL), Shiu Tsun-chih(Yulon), Dong-fan Che-ter(Yulon)