Sunday, October 21, 2007

High school basketball: Men's sweet sixteen, women's elite eight

Men's final sixteen:
Nanshan HS, Nenren HS, Songshan HS, Taishan HS, Chiangshu HS, Kainan HS, Keelung HS, Kwangchi HS, Yilan HS, Sanchong HS, Hsinjung HS, Kaoyuan HS, Sanmin HS, Pintung HS, Washington HS, Youth HS

Women's final eight:
Haishan HS, Tamsui HS, Jinou HS, Taipei First Girls' HS, Yangming HS, Puman HS, Anle HS, Nanhu HS

Monday, October 08, 2007

Dacin wins 2007 Guanhu Cup title

Led by Tien Lei's 29 points and Chen Tse-wei's three timely threes, Dacin Tigers beat Kyung Hee University 76-71 and won the 2007 Guanhu Cup Invitational Tournament for the first time.

Chen Tse-wei, who had 19 points, made three three-pointers in mid fourth quarter and Lin Yi-huei added two layups as Dacin pulled ahead and help off South Koreans' rally. The title also gave new Dacin head coach Chiu Da-tsun a good start.

Kyung Hee University was runner-up for the second consecutive year.

Yulon, the Guanhu Cup winner last year, beat dmedia 95-85 in the third place game.

Ryukyu Golden King routed shorthanded Taiwan Beer 96-72 to finish with fifth place. Lin Chi-jay had 25 points to pace TB, which lost starters Wu Dai-hao, Chen Shih-nian and Ho Sho-jen to injuries in the game.

Afghanistan NT edged Pure Youth 82-77 in the 7/8 place game. Malaysia NT upset Philippines' NBC-Spring Cooking Oil for its first win while SCO finished the tourney losing all five games.

Guanhu Cup placing:
1. Dacin Tigers
2. Kyung Hee University
3. Yulon Dinos
4. dmedia
5. Ryukyu Golden King
6. Taiwan Beer
7. Afghanistan NT
8. Pure Youth
9. Malaysia
10. NBC-Spring Cooking Oil

Sunday, October 07, 2007

2007 Guanhu Cup: Dacin to meet Kyung Hee Univ. for title

(Source: Apple Daily)

Led by new head coach Chiu Da-tsun, Dacin Tigers will meet South Korea's Kyung Hee University, runner-up in the tournament last year, for the title on Sunday.

Oct. 6 results:
TB 101-78 Malaysia
dmedia 101-97(OT) SCO
Dacin 79-66 Afghanistan
Ryukyu 72-70 Afghanistan
Yulon 88-81 Pure Youth

Final group standing:
Group A
Kyung Hee Univ. 4-0
Yulon 3-1
TB 2-2
Pure Youth 1-3
Malaysia 0-4

Group B
Dacin 3-1
dmedia 3-1
Ryukyu 3-1
Afghanistan 1-3
SCO 0-4

Final day schedule:
Championship: Dacin vs. Kyung Hee
3/4 place: Yulon vs. dmedia
5/6 place: TB vs. Ryukyu
7/8 place: Pure Youth vs. Afghanistan
9/10 place: Malaysia vs. SCO

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Who is...Doug Creighton?

(Source: Liberty Times)

Doug Creighton, a 6-6 forward currently playing for Pure Youth Construction Group, is the second Taiwanese American player after James Mao to join the SBL. He goes by the Chinese name of Chien Hao.

6-5 James Mao, who played last season as an import, has received Taiwan citizenship and will be listed as a local this season. Mao, who came from Texas, also plays for Pure Youth.

Creighton, whose mother is Taiwanese, played for NAIA Div-II Madonna University in Michigan in his junior (7.6p+4rb) and senior year (5.8p+3.8rb) after spending two years in Henry Ford Community College. From his bio, I htink he came from Detriot area.

doug creighton, madonna
(Source: Madonna University)

Creighton's bio in Madonna Univ. athletics page:

Doug Creighton #5
Height: 6-6
Class: Sr.
Position: Forward
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan/Detroit Catholic Central/Henry Ford CC

Played in 31 games, earning 18 starting appearances • ranked third on the team in total rebounds (123) • led team and seventh in the WHAC in blocked shots (24) • led team in steals (36) • one of five Crusaders to score more than 200 points last season (237 pts.) • averaged 4.0 rebounds per contest • averaged 7.6 points per game • recorded two double-doubles in his first year with the Crusaders • had 11 points in his debut with the Crusaders vs. Spring Arbor (11/5/05) • scored 16 points and posted a career high with four steals vs. Marygrove (11/8/05) • recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds vs. Indiana-Northwest (11/12/05) • had 11 points vs. Olivet (11/29/05) • recorded 11 points and three blocked shots vs. Alma (12/1/05) • had 10 points and three steals vs. Rochester (12/7/05) • had 10 points and eight rebounds vs. St. Francis (12/17/05) • posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes of action vs. Davenport (1/9/06) • scored 18 points in Madonna’s upset win over Indiana Tech in the first round of the WHAC Tournament (2/22/06) • posted a career high 19 points in MU’s semifinal loss in the WHAC Tournament against Cornerstone (2/25/06).

Played in all 14 games for HFCC • averaged 5.9 points per game • averaged 2.9 rebounds per contest • named team MVP • recorded a season high seven assists vs. Siena Heights (11/24/04) • had 10 points vs. Macomb (1/19/05) • had 10 points and three rebounds vs. Alpena (2/2/05).

Helped HFCC to a 10-17 overall record • helped HFCC to a 4-12 MCCAA mark and a 9th place finish in the Eastern Conference.

A 2003 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central • earned three varsity letters in basketball • as a senior, he averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and was named team MVP • had a career year in junior season, averaging 20 points and nine rebounds per game • as a sophomore, he averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per contest.

Full name is Douglas Maxwell McAdam Creighton • he is the son of Kenneth and Suzie Creighton • he has one brother, Mikey, and one sister, Elizabeth • he was born on March 7, 1985 • is a senior in academic standing at Madonna University • is majoring in Psychology.

2007 Guanhu Cup summary


Group A: Kyung Hee University (South Korea), Yulon Dinos, Taiwan Beer, Pure Youth Construction Group, Malaysia NT
Group B: dmedia, Dacin Tigers, Ryukyu Golden Kings (Japan), Afghanistan NT, NBC-Spring Cooking Oil (Philippines)


Oct. 3
Ryukyu 96-79 SCO
Yulon 85-80 TB
dmedia 70-69 Afghanistan
Kyung Hee 96-56 Malaysia
Dacin 75-66 Ryukyu

Oct. 4
Pure Youth 106-68 Malaysia
Afghanistan 96-92 SCO
dmedia 82-78 Dacin
Kyung Hee 77-71(OT) Yulon
TB 85-77 Pure Youth

Oct. 5
Ryukyu 80-79 dmedia
Kyung Hee 101-94 Pure Youth
Kyung Hee 75-66 TB
Dacin 99-88 SCO
Yulon 94-74 Malaysia

Standings: (thru Oct. 5)
Group A
Kyung Hee 4-0
Yulon 2-1
TB 2-1
Pure Youth 1-2
Malaysia 0-3

Group B
dmedia 2-1
Dacin 2-1
Ryukyu 2-1
Afghanistan 1-1
SCO 0-3

Remaining Schedule:
Oct. 6
Ryukyu vs. Afghanistan
dmedia vs. SCO
Yulon vs. Pure Youth
Malaysia vs. TB
Afghanistan vs. Dacin

Oct. 7
A5 vs. B5 - 9/10 place game
A4 vs. B4 - 7/8 place game
A3 vs. B3 - 5/6 place game
A2 vs. B2 - Third-place game
A1 vs. B1 - Championship game

(Photo source: Liberty Times)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Ex-Yulon head coach dies of cancer

(Chien Yi-fei, right, and Lee Yun-kwang, source: ESPN Taiwan)

Former Yulon Dinos head coach Chien Yi-fei, one of the most respected coaches in Taiwan, passed away Oct. 1 because of nasopharyngeal cancer.

Chien (1948-2007), who was the only coach who has been a head coach for both the men's and women's national team, was known for his stress on defense and discpline. His team was always ready to play.

A former Taiwan NT star guard, Chien started his coaching career in 1980 by first coaching women's teams in the A-League. He coached Taiwan women's NT in the 1994 Asian Games and the 1995 Asian Championship.

In that same year, Chien took Yulon to the title in the inaugural CBA season (94-95) and was named coach of the year. During 1995-1999, Chien had a 148-71 record in the now defuct CBA, all with Yulon.

Chien was named head coach of the men's national team in 1999 and took the team to 2001 Osaka East Asian Games silver by starting the "Youth Movement" in the NT program. He got rid of veterans like Huang Chun-hsiung, Chou Jun-san and Lo Shin-liang and only kept players under age 22, such as Tsun Wen-din, Wu Dai-hao, Tien Lei and Chen Hsin-an. The decision drew a lot of criticism from fans and critics though.

Chien took Yulon to three-peat (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06) in the SBL, which was founded in 2003. Although he was still the head coac on paper, he has handed the head coach responsibility to his prestige Lee Yun-kwang due to worsened condition since 2004.