Thursday, March 22, 2007

SBL Week 10 MVP: Chien Jia-hong

Azio forward/center Chien Jia-hong, who registered consecutive 30-point games last week, was named SBL Weel 10 MVP Tuesday.

Chien had 35 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists in a upset win over Yulon and tallied 31 points and 13 boards in the game vs. Dacin Tigers. He averaged 33 points, 14.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the week.

SBL Weekly MVP:
Week 10: Chien Jia-hong(Azio)
Week 9: Wang Chih-chun(Dacin)
Week 8: Chang Chih-feng(Dacin)
Week 7: Wang Chih-chun(Dacin)
Week 6: Shin Jin-jan(ETSN)
Week 5: Yang Yu-min(ETSN)
Week 4: Chen Hsin-an(Yulon)
Week 3: Lo Shin-liang(TB)
Week 2: Jonathan Sanders(VL)
Week 1: Lin Chih-jay(TB)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Nan-shan beat Hsin-jung in OT to win 2007 HBL title

Led by Wu Min-hsien's 27 points, Nan-shan HS beat defending champion Hsin-jung HS 78-76 in overtime to win its 4th HBL title in school history in front of crowds over 18,000.

Nan-shan, which won HBL titles in 1991, 1996, 2004 and 2007, became the third school to win four titles in HBL history, following Ping-tung HS and Tsai-shin HS.

Lee Jun-wei had 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winner, while Chang Tsun-hsien scored a game-high 32 points and 7 rebounds for Hsin-jung before fouling out. Chen Nian-an had 12 points for the runner-up.

Nung-jen HS routed Kao-yuan HS 74-54 in the third-place game and finished third for the second consecutive year. Lee Ming-huei had 27 points and point guard Yang Cheng-lun turned in 15 points, 5 boards, 9 steals and 7 assists for Nung-jen.

In women's title game, Hai-shan beat Tamsui 73-67 to become the third repeat winner in HBL women's competition history.

HBL champion year-by-year:
Year Champion Runner-up
2006-07 Nan-shan HS Hsin-jung HS
2005-06 Hsin-jung HS Nan-shan HS
2004-05 Tsai-shin HS Hsin-jung HS
2003-04 Nan-shan HS San-min HS
2002-03 Tsai-shin HS Hsin-jung HS
2001-02 Tasi-shin HS Kao-yuan HS
2000-01 San-min HS Tsai-shin HS
1999-00 San-min HS Song-shan HS
1998-99 Ping-tung HS Nan-shan HS
1997-98 Tsai-shin HS Ping-tung HS
1996-97 Ping-tung HS Nan-shan HS
1995-96 Nan-shan HS Tsai-shin HS
1994-95 Li-chih HS Nan-shan HS
1993-94 Li-chih HS Nan-shan HS
1992-93 Ping-tung HS Li-chih HS
1991-92 Li-chih HS Feng-yuan Business HS
1990-91 Nan-shan HS Oriental HS
1989-90 Ping-tung HS Nan-shan HS
1988-89 Miaoli HS Ping-tung HS

Hunters beat ETSN

(Sanders slam, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

Jonathan Sanders slammed home a Yang Che-yi miss and Lee Wei-min had a three-pointer and a steal in the last 30 seconds as Videoland edged ETSN 80-73 in a close battle Sunday.

The SBL is once again coming to a two-week halt to make room for the univsrsity league (UBA) playoffs and will not resume action until April 6.

TB 94-90 BOT
TB: Lin Chih-jay 19p+7rb, Ho Sho-jen 17p, Wu Chih-yuan 11p, Chen Shih-nian 11p
BOT: Yang Chin-min 22p+7rb+4s, Hsu Chi-chan 21p+8rb, Chen Shun-hsiang 20p

Dacin 96-85 Azio
Dacin: Tien Lei 27p+15rb, Wang Chih-chun 24p+4s, Lin Yi-huei 23p+8rb, Su Yi-chieh 7p+5rb+10a
Azio: Chien Jia-hong 31p+13rb, Cheng Yu-lin 13p, James Mao 11p

VL 80-73 ETSN
VL: J. Sanders 23p+12rb, Lee Wei-min 12p, Yang Che-yi 12p
ETSN: Wu Dai-hao 16p+5rb+3blk, D. Thomas 11p+10rb, O-Yang Jin-hen 14p

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Wu Dai-hao returns and wins for ETSN

(Wu Dai-hao returned to ETSN after two years at BYU-Hawaii, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

Wu Dai-hao, who returned to Taiwan after a two-year career at BYU-Hawaii, had 12 points and 11 rebounds in his home debut and Huang Bao-tse hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 3.4 seconds remining as ETSN upset Taiwan Beer 85-83 Saturday.

TB led by as many as 12 as Lin Chih-jay scored 10 points in the third quarter, but ETSN didn't give up. Wu Dai-hao scored in the paint and tied the game at 79 all with less than two minutes to go before Yang Yu-min's three made the score 82-79, ETSN.

The Beermen seemed to take the game after Lo Shin-liang made another back-breaking three with 11.7 seconds left and made the score 83-82, TB. After a timeout, Huang Bao-tse knocked down the game-winner.

In another heavyweight matchup of the evening, Videoland overcame a ridiculous 1-of-8 performance at the free-throw line during the last minute and held on for a 96-93 win over Yulon, which lost two straight.

Lee Chi-yi's basket and free-throw help VL take a 95-91 lead with 31.7 seconds to go. As Yulon kept fouling to regain possessions, the Hunters managed to make only one out of 8 free-throw attempts. As ridiculous aas that, Yulon failed to pull ahead.

Chen Hsin-an tied his personal best with 11 three-pointers made in a single game and scored all his 33 points on threes. He was 11-of-22 from three and 0-of-3 from two-point range.

BOT has lost seven consecutive game after losing to Dacin.

ETSN 85-83 TB
ETSN: D. Thomas 22p+15rb, Wu Dai-hao 12p+11rb, Huang Bao-tse 13p, Cheng jen-wei 13p
TB: Lin Chih-jay 27p, Ho Sho-jen 17p+6rb, Lo Shin-liang 13p

Dacin 103-86 BOT
Dacin: Tien Lei 21p+9rb+3blk, Chang Chi-feng 26p+5a, Wang Chih-chun 13p, Su Yi-chieh 10p+7rb+6a
BOT: Hsu Chi-chan 18p, Yang Chin-min 14p+9rb, Chang Jun-hsuan 14p+9rb

VL 96-93 Yulon
VL: J. Sanders 22p+19rb, Yang Che-yi 23p, Lee Chi-yi 16p+8rb+9a, Wu Yong-jen 15p
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 33p(11-22 3PT), Tsun Wen-din 11p+6rb, Lu Cheng-ju 11p

'Thank God it's Friday' for Azio, TB

(Azio F/C Chien Jia-hong goes up against Yulon center Tsun Wen-din, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

It's TGIF -- thank God it's Friday -- for Azio and Taiwan Beer, which came home with an inspiring win Friday night.

Led by forward/center Chien Jia-hong, who had 35 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists, Azio Eagles routed top-ranked Yulon 117-96 for its third win of the season.

Forward Lin Chih-jay had 17 of his game-high 31 points in the final quarter to go with 13 rebounds as Taiwan Beer beat Videoland Hunters for the first time this season with a 89-79 thriller.

Azio was on fire the whole game and had its best offensive output of the season, shooting 70% from two-point range and made 8 of 17 three-point tries. By this win, Azio will finish at least the same record as the last two years, when it went 3-27 in both seasons. Beating the defending champion will definitely boost their confidence with 10 games left in the season.

Lin Chih-jay exploded for 17 points in the final period and single-handedly turned a tight game into a 17-point lead. TB held off a late VL rally that cut the deficit down to 8 points and beat the Hunters for the first time in four meetings this season.

Azio 117-96 Yulon
Azio: Chien Jia-hong 35p+16rb+7a, Zuo Tsun-kai 18p, Hong Chih-shan 14p+6rb+9a, Chang Yu-lin 14p, James Mao 14p, Wu Jian-long 10p
Yulon: Lee Hsueh-lin 25p+6rb+4a, Tsun Wen-din 16p, Chen Chih-chun 15p, Chen Hsin-an 11p+5rb+5a

TB 89-79 VL
TB: Lin Chih-jay 31p+13rb, Ho Sho-jen 21p
VL: J. Sanders 24p+11rb, Deng An-cheng 11p, Wu Yong-jen 11p

Thursday, March 15, 2007

New foreign head coach for Taiwan NT

Local news outlets reported that CTBA has finally decided to go for a foreign head coach with this year's national team program. And a familiar name will be coming back to Taiwan.

Veteran Korean coach Chung Kwang-suk (also spelled as Cheng Kong Hee) will be hired as Taiwan NT's new head coach, replacing Lee Yun-kwangv, the unconfirmed news story reported.

It will not be the first time for Chung, who led Korea to the 1997 Asian Championship title and a 1998 World Championship berth, to be associated with the Taiwanese basketball program. He led a Taiwan Junior NT that included top players like Tsun Wen-din, Tien Lei, Lin Chih-jay, Wu Dai-hao and Ho Sho-jen to a third-place finish in the 2000 Asian Junior Championship.

Chung also briefly coached Dacin Tigers in the final season of the defunct CBA(Chinese Basketball Alliance) in 1998-99 and finished with a 8-14 record. Later he went back to Korea and coached the University of Korea.

In Korea or Taiwan, Chung has proved time and again that he is an excellent coach that brings out the best in his players. However I do believe Chung's hiring has to do with Wang Jen-da, current CTBA president and Dacin owner who is familiar with Chung.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

SBL Week 9 MVP: Wang Chih-chun

(Wang Chih-chun, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

Wang Chih-chun became the first repeated SBL weekly MVP of the season Tuesday when he was named SBL Week 9 MVP. Wang was also the third Dacin player in as many weeks to win the weekly honor.

Wang scored 20, 28 and 30 points in three games last week for an average of 26 points per game to go with 3.3 rebounds, 3 assists and two steals. He also won the Week 7 MVP.

SBL Weekly MVP:
Week 9: Wang Chih-chun(Dacin)
Week 8: Chang Chih-feng(Dacin)
Week 7: Wang Chih-chun(Dacin)
Week 6: Shin Jin-jan(ETSN)
Week 5: Yang Yu-min(ETSN)
Week 4: Chen Hsin-an(Yulon)
Week 3: Lo Shin-liang(TB)
Week 2: Jonathan Sanders(VL)
Week 1: Lin Chih-jay(TB)

SBL stats leaders (thru March 13)

1. Tien Lei(Dacin) 26.8
2. J. Sanders(VL) 22.8
3. Lin Chih-jay(TB) 21.4
4. Ho Sho-jen(TB) 20.1
5. Chien Jia-hong(Azio) 19.4

1. J. Sanders(VL) 15.9
2. Tien Lei(Dacin) 10.7
3. D. Thomas(ETSN) 9.0
4. Lin Chih-jay(TB) 8.0
5. Chien Jia-hong(Azio) 7.6

1. Su Yi-chieh(Dacin) 5.58
2. Lee Hsueh-lin(Yulon) 5.24
3. Chen Shih-nian(TB) 4.84
4. Chou Jun-san(TB) 4.25
5. Lin Chih-jay(TB) 3.89

1. Lee Wei-min(VL) 2.20
2. Wang Chih-chun(Dacin) 1.91
3. Yang Yu-min(ETSN) 1.83
4. Chou Shih-yuan(Yulon) 1.76
5. Lee Hsueh-lin(Yulon) 1.65

1. Tsun Wen-din(Yulon) 2.26
2. D. Thomas(ETSN) 1.77
3. Yua Ying-li(BOT) 1.61
4. Tien Lei(Dacin) 1.32
5. Ha Hsiao-yuan(TB) 1.14

2007 high school men's and women's Final Four to be played

2007 HBL (High School Basketball League) men's and women's Final Four will be played in the Taipei Arena from March 15-18 as Hsin-jung HS and Hai-shan HS ready for a quest to repeat as men's and women's champions.

Top four seeds of the men's and women's group will play a single round robin. Top two teams in the round advance to the championship game and the other two play for third-place.

Men's Final Four: Hsin-jung HS, Nan-shan HS, Nung-jen HS, Kao-yuan HS
Women's Final Four: Hai-shan HS, Taipei First Women's HS, Tamshui HS, Jin-O HS

Hsin-jung HS beat Nan-shan HS 76-67 to win its first ever HBL title in school history last year. Hai-shan HS routed Jin-O HS 69-44 to win its first HBL women's title in school history last year, snapping a three-game losing streak in the HBL title game.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Yulon snaps Dacin's win streak

(Yulon rallied to beat Dacin, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

Yulon overcame a 15-point second half deficit and upset Dacin 77-76 Sunday night, snapping Dacin's quest for its team-best six-game winning streak.

Yulon rallied to tie the game at 71 all before Chen Hsin-an scored a go-ahead basket with 53.2 seconds left to put Yulon on top, 77-76. Fllowing a timeout, Tien Lei missed a potential game-winning three as the ball bounced off the rim.

Wang Chih-chun made six 3-pointers in the second quarter as Dacin opened a 12-point halftime lead and expanded it to 15 early in the third quarter.

On Saturday, Tien Lei scored all but two of his 25 points in the second half and led Dacin to its fifth consecutive win after beating Taiwan Beer 90-86. Two teams combined for 31 3-pointers made in the game, a new SBL single-game record.

March 11
Yulon 77-76 Dacin
Yulon: Tsun Wen-din 24p+13rb, Lee Hsueh-lin 18p+11rb
Dacin: Wang Chih-chun 30p

TB 88-78 Azio
TB: Lin Chih-jay 24p+14rb, Ho Sho-jen 23p, Lo Shin-liang 15p
Azio: James Mao 26p, Chen Shi-jay 19p+11rb+4a

VL 92-76 BOT
VL: J. Sanders 31p+15rb, Lee Wei-min 18p, Lee Chi-yi 15p+9rb, Wu Yong-jen 8p+7a
BOT: Yang Chin-min 16p, Chen Shun-shiang 13p, Yua Ying-li 13p

March 10
Yulon 85-78 BOT
Yulon: Chou Hong-yu 19p, Tsun Wen-din 14p+6rb+4a, Wei Yong-tai 13p+7rb, Chou Shih-yuan 13p, Lee Hsueh-lin 8p+11rb+9a, Chen Hsin-an and Chen Chih-chun DNP due to illness
BOT: Hsu Chi-chan 18p, Yang Chin-min 17p, Lin Chun-feng 17p

Dacin 90-86 TB (39-44)
Dacin: Tien Lei 25p+12rb, Wang Chih-chun 28p, Chang Chi-feng 17p
TB: Lin Chih-jay 29p+9rb, Ho Sho-jen 19p, Lo Shin-liang 15p

ETSN 94-77 Azio
ETSN: Wu Jia-long 23p, D. Thomas 13p+8rb, Wang Chuan-jian 16p
Azio: Chien Jia-hong 14p+6rb, James Mao 11p+5rb, Chen Shi-jay 12p+6rb+4a

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Wu Dai-hao leaving BYUH

Words from several local new outlets reported that Wu Dai-hao, who finished his sophomore season in Div-II BYU-Hawaii Friday after a loss in the NCAA Div-II Regional Tournament, will be coming back to Taiwan.

Rumor said 6-9, 260 pound Wu will leave BYUH, play for ETSN, his old team, for a year and join Taiwan Beer next season. It's believed that Taiwan Beer has been contacting Wu constantly during his sophomore season.

Does Wu come back to Taiwan for homesickness or just playing for money? There's no way to know so far. However, I think he should play for BYUH for at least one more year to hone his skill. In the long run it will benefit Wu that he receives as much instruction and coaching from U.S. basketball.

Wu played 36 minutes and had 9 point, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and two steals in BYUH's 71-68 loss to CSU-San Bernadino in Arcata, California, where the West Regional opening round of 2007 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship was held.

If Wu is coming home, obviously he did not end his two-year U.S. college career on a high note, committing five turnovers and missed two of three free-throws in the last 1:32 of the game.

BYUH, which received an at-large bid as the 7th seed, finished the 2006-07 season 20-8.

Wu Dai-hao finished his sophomore season with the Seasiders averaging 10.6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, up from 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds last season when he was named Freshman of the Year in the Pacific West Conference (PWC).

No. 2 seed Cal State San Bernardino battled back from a six-point deficit, rallying in the final six minutes to claim the win and advance to the semifinal against Seattle University.

NCAA announces 2007 selections
2007 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship bracket

Dacin win streak reaches four

Tien Lei had a go-ahead three-point play with 24.3 seconds left and VL missed three shots in the last 10 seconds as Dacin edged VL 88-87 Friday for its 4th straight win. Dacin is now 10-7 and trails VL(11-6) by only one game.

Yulon starting point guard Chen Chih-chun was re-activated Friday in the 91-83 victory over ETSN.

Dacin 88-87 VL
Dacin: Tien Lei 24p+8rb, Wang Chih-chun 20p, Chang Chi-feng 20p
VL: J. Sanders 20p+15rb, Lee Chi-yi 19p+11rb

Yulon 91-83 ETSN
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 16p, Liu Shen-yao 13p, Lee Hsueh-lin 12p+7rb+6a, Chou Shih-yuan 12p
ETSN: D. Thomas 24p+10rb, Huang Bao-tse 20p, Yang Yu-min 17p, Cheng Jen-wei 11p

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Lee Hsueh-lin named SBL February MVP

(Lee Hsueh-lin, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

Yulon point guard Lee Hsueh-lin is no more underrated and underappreciated. Lee was named SBL February MVP after leading the Dinos to a 5-1 month.

Lee's stats are not eye-catching. But he did average 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals in the month and directed Yulon offense, reminded teammates to pick up their defensive efforts as usual.

Lee received 31 points in the media voting. Yulon center Tsun Wen-din is second at 23 points while another Dino Chen Hsin-an ranks third with 8 points.

Monthly MVP:
February: Lee Hsueh-lin(Yulon)
January: Jonathan Sanders(VL)

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

SBL Week 8 MVP: Chang Chih-feng

(Chang Chih-feng, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

Chang Chih-feng, who set the SBL single-game 3-pointers made record with 13 last week, was named SBL Week 8 MVP Monday.

Chang made 13 of 20 three-point shots, erasing the previous record of 11 three-pointers made by Yulon forward Chen Hsin-an, and scored career-high 43 points in a come-from-behind win over Azio. Seven of Chang's threes came in the final period as his 21 points in the quarter was the second highest single-period record in SBL history, behind VL forward Yang Che-yi's 23 points.

He averaged for 35.5 points in two games last week, scoring 28 in another victory over Bank of Taiwan.

SBL Weekly MVP:
Week 8: Chang Chih-feng(Dacin)
Week 7: Wang Chih-chun(Dacin)
Week 6: Shin Jin-jan(ETSN)
Week 5: Yang Yu-min(ETSN)
Week 4: Chen Hsin-an(Yulon)
Week 3: Lo Shin-liang(TB)
Week 2: Jonathan Sanders(VL)
Week 1: Lin Chih-jay(TB)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Wu Dai-hao, BYU-Hawaii looking at NCAA Div-II postseason berth

Wu Dai-hao, the first Taiwanese basketball attending 4-year college in the U.S. in recent years, is expected to play in the NCAA Division-II postseason, something he couldn't do last year as a freshman, with his BYU-Hawaii teammates.

The 6-9 forward finished his sophomore season with the Seasiders averaging 10.6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, up from 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds last season when he was named Freshman of the Year in the Pacific West Conference (PWC).

Wu shot 48.9% from the field, 36.7% from three and 82.5% from the foul line. He was second on the team in scoring, behind Lucas Alves, a 6-9 freshman from Brazil. Wu also was named the PWC Player of the Week in the first week of the season.

And BYU-Hawaii, coached by Ken Wagner, finished the season 20-7, including 12-3 in the PWC. The seasiders were ranked 7th in the latest Div-II West Reginal poll. As the top eight teams in the final regional poll make the tournament, BYU-Hawaii should be going to the tourney this year.

Div-II regional tournament will be played from March 9-12, while the Div-II national tournament will be played from March 21-24.

BYUH Men's Basketball

Beermen snap Yulon's four-game win streak

TB 99-85 Yulon
TB: Ho Sho-jen 28p, Lin Chih-jay 20p, Wu Chih-yuan 16p+14rb, Chen Shih-nian 17p+10a
Yulon: Chen Hsin-an 26p, Tsun Wen-din 27p, Lee Hsueh-lin 17p, Chiu Chi-yi 10p

VL 104-93 Azio
VL: Jonathan Sanders 33p+8rb, Lee Chi-yi 17p+11rb+4a, Lai Kuo-hong 16p, Hu Yu-wei 14p
Azio: Chen Shi-jay 27p+7rb+5s, Zuo Tsun-kai 20p, Chien Jia-hong 17p, Huang Chi-feng 11p

Dacin 108-98 BOT
Dacin: Tien lei 21p+10rb, Chang Chi-feng 28p, Lin Yi-huei 18p, Wang Chih-chun 17p+8a
BOT: Lin Chun-feng 22p, Yang Chin-min 21p, Hsu Chi-chan 16p, Yua Ying-li 15p

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Yulon edges Azio

Yulon 95-92 Azio (Half: 40-44)
Yulon: Lu Cheng-ju 20p, Chen Hsin-an 14p+9rb+6a+3s, Tsun Wen-din 15p+5rb+3blk, Wu Chih-wei 16p+7rb, Liu Jui-shen 13p, Chiu Chi-yi 13p
Azio: Zuo Tsun-kai 28p, Chen Shi-jay 24p+6rb+8a+2blk, Chien Jia-hong 20p+11rb+4a

VL 80-77 ETSN
Lai Kuo-hong had 14 of his 16 points in the second half...
VL: Lai Kuo-hong 16p, Wu Yong-jen 17p, Jonathan Sanders 15p+14rb, Lee Chi-yi 6p+6rb+8a
ETSN: Delvin Thomas 21p+13rb+3blk, Wu Jia-long 15p, Yang Yu-min 15p, Huang Bao-tse 12p

TB 118-86 BOT
TB: Lin Chih-jay 29p+9rb(8-13 3PT), Wu Chih-yuan 22p+12rb, Ho Sho-jen 19p+8rb, Chen Shih-nian 7p+6rb+8a
BOT: Wang Shin-kai 17p, Yua Ying-li 11p, Chang Bo-shen 11p, Yang Chin-min 10p

Friday, March 02, 2007

Chang Chi-feng breaks SBL single-game three-pointers record

(Chang Chi-feng, photo courtesy of ESPN Taiwan)

Dacin guard Chang Chi-feng made 13 three-pointers en route to his career-high 43 points in a 97-96 win over Azio Friday and set the SBL single-game three-pointers record. Chang broke Chen Hsin-an's record of 11 threes in a game while also set the single-period three-pointer record with seven.

Chang had 21 points, the second highest SBL single-period score behind Yang Che-yi's 23 points, in the fourth quarter and single-handedly overcame Dacin's 11-point deficit for the win. His last three came at 29.6 seconds remaining to make the score 97-96.

Chang shot an eye-popping 13-of-20 from the three-point territory.

Tien Lei also exploded for 37 points and 12 rebounds for Dacin, which is now 8-7 and ranked 4th on the standing.

Inexperienced Azio let the win slip away once again. Chien Jia-hong led with 33 points while Zuo Tsun-kai scored season-high 19 points. Tsai Wen-cheng had 13 points while James Mao had 12.

ETSN 112-83 BOT
ETSN: Huang Bao-tse 21p, Delvin Thomas 19p+12rb+5a+3s+3blk, Yang Yu-min 17p, Shin Jin-jan 15p
BOT: Lin Chun-feng 18p, Wang Shin-kai 16p, Yua Ying-li 11p