Delvin Thomas, who injured his knee in the season opener, returned after two weeks and helped ETSN to an easy 92-66 victory, its second win of the season, over Bank of Taiwan Friday with his defense. In the other game, Tsun Wen-din and Chen Hsin-an combined for 53 points as Yulon held off Dacin's furious rally with a 94-93 win.
Thomas scored only 4 points, shooting 1-of-4 from the field and 2-of-6 from the line, but dominated the paint with his tenacious defense. With his long arms and mobility, Thomas blocked four shots and altered many others, limited BOT to a miserable 20-of-63 shooting.
ETSN was led by Cheng Jen-wei's 20 points and 10 rebounds and Huang Bao-tse's season-high 20 points in the team's best game of the young season. Yang Yu-min had 14 points and 4 steals while Wu jia-long had 12.
Wang Shin-kai led BOT with 18 points. Chen Shun-hsiang, who has seen quite an improvement during the past two weeks coming off the bench, had another good game of 15 and 6.
Yulon PG Lee Hsueh-lin made a deciding three with 52 seconds to go and Tien Lei missed his last shot, a driving layup, as Yulon continued to own the Tigers, beating Dacin for the fourth straight time.
Lee's three increased Yulon's lead to three before Chang Chi-feng made a layup and cut Dacin's deficit to one. Tsun Wen-din missed both free-throws and gave Dacin the last chance to pull out a win, but Tien Lei was unable to convert his driving layup before the final horn.
Tsun had 29 points, 6 rebounds and season-high 11 assists. Chen Hsin-an finally shook off his shooting slump and scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Chou Shih-yuan added 20. Lee Hsueh-lin had 9 points to go with 4 rebounds and 5 steals.
Tien Lei had 35 points, 11 boards and 5 assists to pace Dacin, which dropped to 2-4. Chang Chi-feng had 17 and Lin Yi-huei had 16. PG Su Yi-chieh had 10 points and 9 assists.
(Photo: Tien Lei, courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)