American import Jonathan Sanders had his first 20-20 game in Taiwan Sunday night, tallying 22 points and 20 rebounds, and helped Videoland Hunters rout Azio Eagles 95-71 for its fourth straight win and a 4-0 start.
Videoland, a team out of playoffs last season, again used a strong third quarter to seal the game, outscoring Azio 30-15 in the period. Clinging on a four-point lead at halftime, VL opened the second half with a 16-3 run and never looked back.
Sanders, who was 8 for 10 from the field and 6 for 9 from the free-throw line, was obvious the main reason that VL became a different team. He was unselfish and always encouraged his teammates on the court. When the going got tough, he was also the No.1 option for VL to handle the ball and go one-on-one.
Lee Chi-yi had 20 point, 9 rebounds and three blocks for the Hunters, which dug itself a big hole by committing 27 turnovers as a team. Yang Che-yi added 14.
Azio, which was still winless after four games, was led by James Mao, who had 12 points, 6 boards and 4 steals. Zuo Tsun-kai and Chang yu-lin had 10 points each.
Taiwan Beer 77-70 ETSN
Taiwan Beer handed ETSN its third straight loss as new ETSN head coach Chiu Da-tsun, an assistant with TB last season, failed to pull out a win against his former team.
TB forward Ho Sho-jen had 21 points and center Ha Hsiao-yuan added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the 77-70 victory. Chen Shih-nian had 11 points. TB leading scorer Lin Chih-jay had an off night but still turned in 8 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Yang Yu-min led ETSN with 25 points. Wu Jun-hsiung had 21 while Wu Jia-long had 14.
Yulon 93-76 Bank of Taiwan
Five players scored in double-digit as three-time defending champion Yulon snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating BOT 93-76 Sunday.
Chou Shih-yuan led Yulon, which opened the game with a 15-0 run, with 17 points. Chang Yi-wen had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Hsu Wei-shen had 14. Center Tsun Wen-din added 12 points and 9 boards. Wei Yong-tai had 12 and 6.
Star forward Chen Hsin-an turned in a subpar performance, scoring only three points on 1 for 4 shooting in 12 minutes. Chen's head was not in the game and was benched the whole second half.
Yua Ying-li had 19 points and three blocks for BOT, whose 2-game winning streak was stopped. Rookie forward Chang Jun-hsuan had 13 points.