Saturday, February 10, 2007

Shin's three help ETSN beat VL for 5th straight win

(ETSN is on a 5-game winning streak after beating VL, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

Shin Jin-jan made a go-ahead three-pointer with 1.8 seconds to go in the overtime as ETSN Antelopes beat Videoland 84-81 and won for the fifth straight time, a team record. ETSN is now 6-5 after a 1-5 start.

Shin, who scored 16 points, missed a three after Lee Chi-yi made a basket to give VL a two-point lead with 26.2 seconds to go in regulation. But Delvin Thomas grabbed the offensive rebound and put back Shin's miss to tie the score.

Thomas had 12 points, 10 boards and three steals for the Antelopes, which is riding on a 5-game winning streak after Thomas returned from a knee injury. Cheng Jen-wei had 13 points and Yang Yu-min had 10 for ETSN.

Videoland was led by Janathan Sanders' 28 points (11-20 FG), 23 rebounds (12 offensive rebounds) and two blocks. Lee Chi-yi had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Yang Che-yi had 11.

The Hunters were hurt by their 15-of-30 foul shooting and 22 turnovers.

In the ohter game, Tien Lei had a SBL season-high 45 points but couldn't prevent Dacin from dropping its second consecutive game to Taiwan Beer.

Lin Chih-jay had 32 points and Lo Shin-liang made four free-throws in crunch time as TB edged Dacin 85-81 in a high-intensity game.

The game was basically a dual between two top stars, Lin and Tien. And both were hot from the three-point town. Lin was 8-of-12 and Tien was 8-of-16.

However both attempted more shots from three than two-point range. It's not an unusual scene in Taiwanese basketball, which overemphasized on three-point shooting in recent years. Shooting -- and making -- threes isn't bad but it's not the only efficient way to score in a basketball game.

Ho Sho-jen had 17 while Chen Shih-nian had 11 points, 5 boards and 8 assists for TB. Yao Jun-jay was the only Dacin player in double-digit other than Tien with 12 points.