Sunday, February 08, 2009

Six TB players ejected after scuffle

Yen Chia-hua, head coach of two-time SBL champion Taiwan Beer, went off again.

These players sure picked a good night for a fight, since there was no television broadcast. Six Taiwan Beer players were ejected in a confrontation of the Taiwan Beer-Taiwan Mobile game Sunday night in Hsinchu, reported. TM beat TB 90-82.

TB head coach Yen Chia-hua was ejected for cursing the referees with less than nine minutes left. With 5:19 to go Taiwan Mobile import Mario Boggan decked TB forward Wang Chien-wei with his elbow and started the whole mess. Almost the entire TB subs left the bench area to join the scuffle and were ejected later by the refs.

That left TB with six players -- Lin Chih-chieh, Wang Chien-wei, Ha Hsiao-yuan, Yang Ching-min, Chen Shih-nian and Hsu Hao-cheng -- to finish the game. Even TB manager Lin Chieh-he was ejected.

Fights on hardwood happen. I'm not naive. However it is sad to see things like this happen every once in a while. When temper flies in the heat of the moment, I guess not too many players can keep their head in the game. But anyone who's been to the game knows that a bench-clearing brawl can be real frightening sometimes and you don't know what would happen.

It is even sadder to see people like Yen Chia-hua, who now can be dubbed as Taiwan-version Bob Knight, and Lin Chieh-he, who once tried to go after a referee after a loss. Yen is a head coach and Lin is TB's manager. You go figure.

In the first game, Lin Yi-hui had 24 points and Tien Lei had 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting as Dacin handed Pure Youth its third consecutive defeat with a 99-89 win.

Byron Allen had 12 points for Dacin, whose 4-game winning streak was snapped by Yulon Saturday. January SBL MVP Chang Chih-fung also chipped in 17 points.

Chien Chia-hung paced PY with 19 points and five boards and Chen Shih-chieh had 13 points and 7 assists. Zuo Tsun-kai came back from injury and scored 10 points.

Yulon-BOT game is ongoing.