Saturday, February 24, 2007

SBL schedule resumes; Yulon pounded Videoland

(Chou Jun-san, right, made his season debut, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

The SBL regular season resumed after the two-week Lunar New Year break Friday as Yulon pounded Videoland 90-76 and Taiwan Beer cruised past Azio 95-72.

In a strange scheduling, the annual SBL All-Star Game will be played Sunday after three games tomorrow. Why the league insists on playing a couple meaningless games the day BEFORE the All-Star Game every year has been always beyond my grasp, however.

The most notable fact today was that Chou Jun-san, who was traded to Taiwan Beer from ETSN before the season started to exchange for former TB coach Chiu Da-tsun, made his debut as a player this season. Chou, who has been serving as an assistant coach this season, showed no signs of aging by collecting 2 points and 7 assists in 22 minutes.

Yulon surrounded VL import Jonathan Sanders with two 6-8 players Tsun Wen-din and Wu Chih-wei and successfully limited Sanders to a 2-of-12 shooting and his season-low 5 points for the victory.

Videoland, which opened the season 7-0, has lost 5 of its last 6 games.

Yulon 90-76 VL
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 17p+4a, Tsun Wen-din 16p+7rb+6a, Chou Shih-yuan 13p, Wu Chih-wei 12p, Lee Hsueh-lin 11p+5rb+6a
VL: J. Sanders 5p(2-12 FG)+12rb, Deng An-cheng 14p, Yang Che-yi 13p, Lee Chi-yi 11p

TB 95-72 Azio
TB: Lo Shin-liang 18p, Lin Chih-jay 16p+8rb, Ho Sho-jen 15p, Chou Jun-san 2p+7a
Azio: Chang Yu-lin 25p, Chien Jia-hong 14p+12rb