Monday, April 16, 2007

VL on top again, Dacin lost Su Yi-chieh

Videoland Hunters unseat Yulon from its top place in the standing Sunday with its 7th consecutive win, once again climbing to No. 1 after opening the season 7-0. Dacin Tigers managed to keep its No. 4 playoff seed safe for now with one game over ETSN Antelopes after an 103-101 overtime win over Yulon, but it lost starting point guard Su Yi-chieh for the season.

Su Yi-chieh broke his left wrist after a hard landing in late third quarter. He was out for the season and was the latest to join Dacin's injury squad. Starting off guard Wang Chih-chun was also out for a backset of concussion which he suffered late last season.

Dacin, which led 73-59 early in the 4th quarter, almost let the victory slip away. Tien Lei, who had 37 points and 15 rebounds, fouled out before the end of regulation. Dacin was able to prevail thanks to the play of its second unit.

Backup forward Yao Jun-jay scored 23 points. Rookie Chen Ching-wen made two threes while backup PG Yu Yu-lun had all of his four points in the extra session.

Yulon guard Lee Hsueh-lin was also injured and sent to a hospital after being blocked by Tien Lei from behind on a breakaway layup and lost his balance.

Led by Jonathan Sanders' 26 points and 13 rebounds, VL beat Azio 101-94 and tied the team-record 7-game winning streak. Hunters, which is 19-7, took over Yulon's top place with a 1/2 game lead.

ETSN overcame a 10-point deficit with 7 minutes to go with a 23-8 late run and upset BOT 88-83. Delvin Thomas and Wu Dai-hao had 12 points in the rally. BOT kept sliding, dropping its 14th straight game, although it has been playing better in the last two weeks.

Current SBL Standings:

1. Videoland Hunters 19-7
2. Yulon Dinos 18-7
3. Taiwan Beer 17-9
4. Dacin Tigers 14-11
5. ETSN Antelopes 13-12
6. Azio Eagles 4-21
7. Bank of Taiwan 4-22

ETSN 88-83 BOT
ETSN: D. Thomas 24p, O-Yang Jin-hen 18p, Wu Dai-hao 13p
BOT: Hsu Chi-chan 23p, Yang Chin-min 22p, Chang Jun-hsuan 12p

VL 101-94 Azio
VL: J. Sanders 26p+13rb, Lee Chi-yi 18p+10rb, Yang Che-yi 17p, Wu Yong-jen 13p+6a
Azio: Chen Shi-jay 31p+7rb+6a, Hong Chih-shan 17p, Kao Li-min 12p

Dacin 103-101(OT) Yulon
Dacin: Tien Lei 37p+15rb, Yao Jun-jay 23p, Chang Chi-feng 14p
Yulon: Chou Shih-yuan 28p, Tsun Wen-din 22p+17rb, Chen Chih-chun 17p, Lu Cheng-ju 12p