Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Week 10 MVP: Jon Sanders

Pure Youth forward Jon Sanders won the SBL weekly MVP for the third time this season Tuesday.

The 6-6 import averaged 23.5 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists during the week and helped PY secure a pair of important wins over Taiwan Beer and Taiwan Mobile.

He is averaging 18.1 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the season.

Sanders received 37 points in the media poll. Dacin's Byron Allen was second with 18 points while Sanders' teammate James Mao was third with 14 points.

2010 SBL Weekly MVPs
Week 1: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 9: Chen Shun-hsiang, BOT
Week 8: Chen Chih-chung, Yulon
Week 7: Derek Stribling, TB
Week 6: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 5: Alexus Foyle, TM
Week 4: Shawn Hawkins, KKL
Week 3: Chang Chih-feng, Dacin
Week 2: Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon
Week 1: Jonathan Sanders, PY

Monday, March 29, 2010

Taiwan Beer held Tseng scoreless in upset win


Taiwan Beer held Yulon center Tseng Wen-ting scoreless in a 62-60 upset win and stopped a four-game slide Sunday. Yulon followed its 10-game winning streak by dropping two straight.

PY 86-69 TM
PY: J. Sanders 22p+13rb+7a+3s+4blk, Hung Chih-shan 21p, Huang Chih-feng 15p+12rb, James Mao 14p+8rb+7a
TM: Wu Yung-jen 17p, Liu Sheng-yao 15p, A. Foyle 6p+9rb

TB 62-60 Yulon
TB: Yang Ching-min 26p+7rb, Wu Tai-hao 10p+7rb
Yulon: Lee Hsueh-lin 21p, Lu Cheng-ju 16p, Chen Chih-chung 12p, Tseng Wen-ting op+8rb

Dacin 91-87(OT) BOT
Dacin: Chang Chih-feng 26p, B. Allen 24p+16rb
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 24p, Chang Jung-hsuan 12p+7rb, Lin Jui-kun 16p, D. Creighton 10p

Dacin 17-5
Yulon 15-8
TB 11-10
KKL 11-10
PY 12-11
TM 8-14
BOT 3-19


Jon Sanders

第九週最佳鬥士 台銀陳順詳

Week 9 MVP: Chen Shun-hsiang



Alexus Foyle

(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

KKL snaps 6-game losing streak


Led by Chen Jen-wei and Chen Ching-huan, KKL snapped its six-game losing streak Saturday after a 79-71 win in which the team rallied from 20 points down for the win with a 20-6 4th quarter run. The victory also put an end to Yulon's winning streak at 10, two wins short of its team record.

KKL head coach Lo Tien-chin blamed the losing streak on the lack of defensive tenacity, but said that was a result of the constant criticism from the media and fans, which labeled KKL's defense as "dirty."

Since nobody wanted to be seen as a dirty player, the team's defense suffered, Lo said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Beer was hurt by the absence of injured import Derek Stribling, who was sidelined all week, and lost four straight.

TM 81-73 KKL 73

TM: A. Foyle 19p+10rb, Wu Yung-jen 19p+7rb+8a, Liu Sheng-yao 14p, Hsu Wei-sheng 12p+7rb
KKL: Cheng Jen-wei 25p+10rb, S. Hawkins 15p+9rb, Chen Ching-huan 12p+10rb

Yulon 89-60 BOT
Yulon: Tseng Wen-ting 24p+7rb, Chou Shih-yuan 12p, Chen Chih-chung 11p
BOT: D. Creighton 17p+11rb, Chen Shun-hsiang 12p

Dacin 75-69 TM
Dacin: Tien Lei 20p, B. Allen 15p+13rb, Su Yi-chieh 13p+6a
TM: A. Foyle 23p

PY 83-69 TB
PY: J. Sanders 25p+17rb+7a, James Mao 18p+8rb
TB: Ho Shou-cheng 22p, Yang Ching-min 14p+12rb, Yang Yu-ming 15p

KKL 79-71 Yulon
KKL: Cheng Jen-wei 31p+10rb, Chen Ching-huan 21p, S. Hawkins 13p+10rb
Yulon: Lu Cheng-ju 21p+6rb, Tseng Wen-ting 10p+14rb+6a

Dacin 16-5
Yulon 15-7
KKL 11-10
PY 11-11
TB 10-10
TM 8-13
BOT 3-18


Wu tai-hao, TB (left)


James Mao, PY

(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2010 SBL stats leaders (thru March 23)

1. Shawn Hawkins, KKL 26.2
2. Derek Stribling, TB 20.0
3. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 19.6
4. Chen Shun-shiang, BOT 18.5
5. Yang Ching-min, TB 17.9

1. Jon Sanders, PY 12.7
2. Jeff Jones, BOT 11.1
3. Shawn Hawkins, KKL 10.9
4. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 9.9
5. Derek Stribling, TB 9.6

1. Chen Shih-nian, TB 4.2
2. Wu Yung-jen, TM 4.1
3. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 4.0
4. Jon Sanders, PY 3.8
5. Chen Chih-chung, Yulon 3.6

1. Chang Chih-feng, Dacin 2.4
2. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 2.0
3. Jon Sanders, PY 1.6
4. Chen Shun-shiang, BOT 1.6
5. Ouyang Ching-heng, TM 1.6

Blocked Shots
1. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 2.9
2. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 1.8
3. Jeff Jones, BOT 1.7
4. Derek Stribling, TB 1.6
5. Byron Allen, Dacin 1.4

Week 9 MVP: Chen Shun-hsiang


Finally, Bank of Taiwan has something to proud of in the dismal season. Sharp-shooting Chen Shun-hsiang was named Week 9 MVP after a brilliant week and leading the team to a double overtime win over Taiwan Beer, its third win of the season.

Chen averaged 21.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists for the week. He is currently the league's 4th leading scorer, averaging 18.5 points per game.

The 190cm forward/shooting guard made the headline last week when he described Bank of Taiwan, ranked dead last in the league as a "lonely theatrical company that no one wants to see."

Chen was also quoted by the media saying that even if BOT is a censer, he won't allow anyone to stick an incense into the burner, which in Chinese means that he wouldn't let anyone intimidate BOT even if the team is weak.

Last but not the least, Chen said he watched the HBL championship game last week. After seeing his alma mater Song Shan High School rallied from 15 points down and won the back-to-back title, he was reminded what his coach in high school, Huang Wan-long, told him -- never forget your passion when you first fell in love with the game -- and felt inspired.

"I will never give up. I want to win so bad, " he said.


2010 SBL Weekly MVPs
Week 9: Chen Shun-hsiang, BOT
Week 8: Chen Chih-chung, Yulon
Week 7: Derek Stribling, TB
Week 6: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 5: Alexus Foyle, TM
Week 4: Shawn Hawkins, KKL
Week 3: Chang Chih-feng, Dacin
Week 2: Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon
Week 1: Jonathan Sanders, PY

(Photo source: ESPN Taiwan)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Video: 2010 HBL Star - Chou Yi-hsiang

Taishan High School's 190cm senior forward Chou Yi-hsiang was considered one of two brightest stars in Taiwan's high school ball this year. The other one is 194cm sophomore forward Hu Lung-mao of Song-shan High School. Chou helped Tai-shan to its best finish in school history (4th place) while Hu helped Song-shan to win two straight titles.

Chou has an explosive first-step and jumping ability. He can shoot and dash. Pretty much a do-it-all player in high school basketball, Chou was seen as the second coming of Chen Hsin-an, one of Taiwan's top players in recent years.

Video: Song Shan High School repeated as Taiwan high school champ

Songshan High School repeated as Taiwan's high school boys basketball champion, beating Nen-ren High School in the final for the second consecutive year.


Yulon keeps pushing


Yulon won its 9th straight game Sunday and remained one game behind standing leader Dacin, who also beat PY Sunday.

Dacin 78-73 PY
Dacin: Chang Chih-feng 23p, Tien Lei 18p+12rb, Lin Yi-hui 13p+7rb, B. Allen 8p+5rb+4blk
PY: huang Chih-feng 17p, James Mao 15p, Lin Ching-pang 13p

BOT 108-102(2OT) TB
BOT: D. Creighton 29p+11rb, Chen Shun-hsiang 26p+8rb, Chang Jui-kun 18p+6rb+4a, Chang Jung-hsuan 15p+8rb
TB: Ho Shou-cheng 18p+11rb, Yang Ching-min 14p, Ha Hsiao-yuan 13p, Chen Shih-nian 13p+8a

Yulon 72-64 TM
Yulon: Tseng Wen-ting 14p+12rb+7a, Lu Cheng-ju 13p+9rb, Yang Che-yi 10p+7rb
TM: Liu Sheng-yao 18p, Wu Yung-jen 10p


Byron Allen


Chang Chih-feng


Doug Creighton


BOT got its 3rd win of the season

(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Battle for playoff seeds heats up


Now that about two thirds of the season has passed and with about 10 games left for every team, the battle for playoff seeds has heated up as Taiwan Beer, KKL and Pure Youth are fighting for the No. 3 and the No. 4 seeds in the playoffs.

These three teams are only one game apart, which means any win or loss will have huge impact to the standing.

March 19
PY 111-82 BOT
PY: Huang Chih-feng 19p+5rb+5a, James Mao 18p, J. Sanders 4p+13rb, Hung Chih-shan 15p
BOT: J. Jones 19p+9rb, D. Creighton 16p

Dacin 72-66 TB
Dacin: Tien Lei 19p, B. Allen 11p+12rb, Wang Chih-chun 13p
TB: D. Stribling 16p+18rb+4blk, Chen Shih-nian 13p, Yang Ching-min 13p, Ho Shou-cheng 12p

March 20
YM 79-68 BOT

TM: Foyle 33p+12rb
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 28, D. Creighton 10p+10rb

PY 93-78 KKL
PY: James Mao 26, J. Sanders 21p+16rb+7a, Hung Chih-shan 19p
KKL: S. Hawkins 31p+11rb, Chen Ching-huan 19p+7rb

Yulon 76-70 TB
Yulon: Lu Cheng-ju 14p, Lee Chi-yi 14p, Tseng Wen-ting 13p+11rb, Chen Chih-chung 13p
TB: Ho Shou-cheng 16p+8rb, D. Stribling 15p, Chen Shih-nian 14p

Dacin 14-5
Yulon 13-6
TB 10-8
KKL 10-9
PY 10-10
TM 7-11
BOT 2-17


Derek Stribling, TB

台灣大 許澤鑫

Hsu Tse-hsin, Taiwan Mobile


James Mao had a brilliant week


Tien Lei


Jeff Jones drives past Jon Sanders


Mao vs. Chen Shun-hsiang of BOT

(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)

Hung's 48 leads Song Shan to repeat as Taiwan high school basketball champion


Hung Kang-chao scored 48 points in his final game in high school and led Song Shan High School to a 83-80 comeback victory over Nen-ren Houshold and Commercial Vocation High School to repeat as Taiwan high school's boys basketball champion Saturday.

Thanks to Hung's championship-record offensive output, Song Shan overcame a 11-point third quarter deficit and rallied in the final period for the win, beating Nen-ren in a 2009 HBL (High School Basketball League) championship rematch.

Hung, a senior forward, made 17 of his 28 field goal attempts and 14 of 19 free-throws. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and had 4 steals and two blocked shots in 40 minutes. No other Song Shan player scored in double figures.

The defending champion which has been known for its tenacious man-to-man defense lived up to its nickname "the green shield, " forcing nine turnovers from Nen-ren in the fourth period and tied the game at 80 all with 23.9 seconds remaining before Hung made three of four free-throws to secure the win.

Nen-ren, which lost to Song Shan in the HBL championship game for the second consecutive year, was led by Wang Jen-chieh's 25 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Chen Ying-chun's 13 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists.

In girls' competition, Tamsui Vocation High School beat defending champion Pu Men High School for its first title in three years and the seventh title in school history. Tamsui surpassed Jinou Girls High School as the only seven-time champion in HBL girls' competiton.

Tamsui forward Lin Yu-ting became the first player in history to win Freshman of the Year and the Most Valuable Player awards in the same season.




Hung Kang-chao



Tamsui wins its 7th girls title


Song-shan repeats


Lin Yu-ting

(Photos: UDN.com, CNA, )

Thursday, March 18, 2010

2010 SBL stats leaders (thru March 18)

1. Alexus Foyle, TM 26.2
2. Shawn Hawkins, KKL 25.9
3. Derek Stribling, TB 21.5
4. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 20.4
5. Yang Ching-min, TB 19.1

1. Jon Sanders, PY 12.8
2. Jeff Jones, BOT 11.6
3. Shawn Hawkins, KKL 10.9
4. Alexus Foyle, TM 10.4
5. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 9.7

1. Chen Shih-nian, TB 4.2
2. Wu Yung-jen, TM 4.2
3. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 3.9
4. Jon Sanders, PY 3.6
5. Chen Chih-chung, Yulon 3.5

1. Chang Chih-feng, Dacin 2.4
2. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 2.1
3. Jon Sanders, PY 1.7
4. Lee Hsueh-lin, Yulon 1.6
5. Ouyang Ching-heng, TM 1.6

Blocked Shots
1. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 2.9
2. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 1.9
3. Jeff Jones, BOT 1.5
4. Tien Lei, Dacin 1.4
5. Byron Allen, Dacin 1.3

Week 8 MVP: Chen Chih-chung


33-year-old Yulon veteran point guard Chen Chih-chung won Week 8 MVP award. Chen averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists for the week and led Yulon Luxgen to a 3-0 week to climb to second place on the standing.

Chen is averaging 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the season. Despite his minutes were reduced because of his age, Chen is still an integral part in Yulon's half court set and the team's most reliable leader for his experience and hustle.

2010 SBL Weekly MVPs
Week 8: Chen Chih-chung, Yulon
Week 7: Derek Stribling, TB
Week 6: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 5: Alexus Foyle, TM
Week 4: Shawn Hawkins, KKL
Week 3: Chang Chih-feng, Dacin
Week 2: Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon
Week 1: Jonathan Sanders, PY

(Photo source: ESPN Taiwan)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Yulon closes in on slumping Dacin


Photo: Yulon is on a 7-game winning streak with Lee Hsueh-lin handling the backcourt


There have been a lot of changes in the SBL after the lunar new year.

Yulon Luxgen, which was still around .500 before the lunar new year break, closed in on slumping Dacin Tigers in two weeks after winning seven straight games and is only one game behind the standing leader.

Thanks to the help from new import Derek Stribling, Taiwan Beer also regained its focus and is four games above .500.

Meanwhile, Dacin, KKL and Taiwan Mobile all went into a slump. Dacin was 3-2 in its last five games while TM has dropped five straight. KKL, which once ranked behind Dacin at No. 2, is now at No. 4, having lost four of its last five.

Still, KKL only trailed Dacin by three games. With each team having 12 or 13 games left on schedule, things will be very intersting in March and April. So keep your eyes open.

Ranked dead last, BOT had a happy week with its second win of the season -- a six-point win over Dacin on Saturday. Chang Po-sheng scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to secure the upset win.

March 13

PY 92-88 TM
PY: Hong Chih-shan 22p, James Mao 21p+10rb, J. Sanders 18p+16rb
TM: A. Foyle 25p+10rb, Liu Sheng-yao 20p

Yulon 92-78 KKL
Yulon: Chen Chih-chung 26p+6rb+10a, Tseng Wen-ting 17p+7rb, Wu Feng-cheng 14p, Lu Cheng-ju 14p
KKL: Chen Ching-huan 19p+10rb, S. Hawkins 16p+13rb, Cheng Jen-wei 15p+9rb, Wang Nan-kuei 17p

BOT 93-87 Dacin
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 23p+8rb, Chuang Hsiao-wen 19p, Chen Yu-chih 14p+8rb, Chang Po-sheng 14p
Dacin: Tien Lei 16p+6rb, Lin Yi-hui 15p, Chang Chih-feng 15p+6a

March 14

TB 84-76 TM
TB: Yang Ching-min 26p, Wu Tai-hao 20p+10rb, D. Stribling 17p+8rb
TM: A. Foyle 24p+11rb, Wu Yong-jen 18p, Liu Sheng-yao 16p

Dacin 100-96(OT) KKL
Dacin: Lin Yi-hui 22p, Tien Lei 16p+15rb+5a, B. Allen 20p+8rb, Chang Chih-feng 19p+8rb
KKL: Cheng Jen-wei 25p, Cheng Ching-huan 20p+13rb, S. hawkins 24p+9rb, Wang Nan-kuei 16p

Yulon 76-70 PY
Yulon: Lu Cheng-ju 17p+9rb, Tseng Wen-ting 15p+9rb+5blk, Chen Chih-chung 14p+6rb
PY: Hong Chih-shan 20p, J. Sanders 11p+13rb

Dacin 13-5
Yulon 12-6
TB 10-6
KKL 10-8
PY 8-10
TM 6-11
BOT 2-15


Wu Tai-hao has been plagued by various injuries


TB's Derek Stribling received weekly MVP honor


Jon Sanders goes up against yulon center Tseng Wen-ting


KKL's Chen Ching-huan blocked by Dacin's Byron Allen

(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Yulon beat Dacin to win 5 straight

Yulon used a 29-10 rally in the 4th quarter to beat Dacin 84-70 Friday in Hsinchu and was tied at second place with KKL at 10-6 after winning five straight games.

TB 86-77 BOT
TB: Yang Ching-min 22p, D. Stribling 18p+11rb+5a, Wu Tai-hao 16p
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 21p+10rb, Chen Yu-chih 12p+11rb, J. Jones 14p+6rb, Chuang Hsiao-wen 12p

Yulon 84-70 Dacin
Yulon: Chen Chih-chung 12p+8rb+12a, Tseng Wen-ting 16p+6rb, Yang Che-yi 16p, Wu Chih-wei 13p
Dacin: Tien Lei 14p, Lin Yi-hui 13p, B. Allen 10p+10rb, Wang Chih-chun 12p

Dacin 12-4
KKL 10-6
Yulon 10-6
TB 9-6
PY 7-9
TM 6-9
BOT 1-15

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Week 7 MVP: Derek Stribling

Derek Stribling, who joined Taiwan Beer in mid season, was named SBL Week 7 MVP after leading the team to two wins last week with an averagee of 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Stribling is averaging 23.5 points and 9.2 rebounds for the season.
2010 SBL Weekly MVPs
Week 7: Derek Stribling, TB
Week 6: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 5: Alexus Foyle, TM
Week 4: Shawn Hawkins, KKL
Week 3: Chang Chih-feng, Dacin
Week 2: Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon
Week 1: Jonathan Sanders, PY

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Week 6 MVP: Jon Sanders

Pure Youth forward Jon Sanders became the first repeat winner of the 2010 SBL weekly MVP when he was named Week 6 MVP Tuesday.

Sanders averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two wins last week, beating out imports Alexus Foyle of Taiwan Mobile and Shawn Hawkins of KKL. Sanders had 19 points while Foyle and Hawkins had 14 and 12 respectively.

The 6-6 American is averaging 20.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the season.

2010 SBL Weekly MVPs

Week 6: Jonathan Sanders, PY
Week 5: Alexus Foyle, TM
Week 4: Shawn Hawkins, KKL
Week 3: Chang Chih-feng, Dacin
Week 2: Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon
Week 1: Jonathan Sanders, PY

2010 SBL stats leaders (thru March 1)

1. Alexus Foyle, TM 28.4
2. Shawn Hawkins, KKL 27.2
3. Jon Sanders, PY 20.9
4. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 20.3
5. Derek Stribling, TB 20.0

1. Jon Sanders, PY 13.2
2. Jeff Jones, BOT 12.3
3. Alexus Foyle, TM 11.6
4. Shawn Hawkins, KKL 10.8
5. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 10.1

1. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 4.5
2. Wu Yung-jen, TM 4.5
3. Jon Sanders, PY 3.9
4. Su Yi-chieh, Dacin 3.9
5. Chen Shih-nian, TB 3.9

1. Lee Hsueh-lin, Yulon 2.0
2. Derek Stribling, TB 2.0
3. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 1.9
4. Chang Chih-feng, Dacin 1.9
5. Jon Sanders, PY 1.9

Blocked Shots
1. Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon 3.0
2. Derek Stribling, TB 2.5
3. Cheng Jen-wei, KKL 2.3
4. Byron Allen, Dacin 1.6
5. Jeff Jones, BOT 1.4

Monday, March 01, 2010

SBL Feb. 27-28 results

璞園桑德斯 J. Sanders

Feb. 27
PY 98-84 KKL

PY: J. Sanders 33p+14rb+5a, James Mao 18p+8rb, Chen Shih-chieh 16p+7rb, Chien Chia-hung 13p+10rb
KKL: S. Hawkins 33p+13rb, Cheng Jen-wei 18p, Lin Chih-lung 16p

TM 85-72 BOT
TM: A. Foyle 38p+13rb, Wu Yung-jen 11p+7rb+11a, Liu Sheng-yao 19p
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 30p, Chen Yu-chih 12p+8rb, J. Jones 11p+5rb+4a

Yulon 78-77 TB
Yulon: Yang Che-yi 14p, Lee Hsueh-lin 13p+5s, Tseng Wen-ting 11p+12rb+6a+4s, Chou Shih-yuan 12p, Chen Chih-chung 11p
TB: Wu Tai-hao 16p+10rb, D. Stribling 15p+7rb, Yang Ching-min 19p

Feb. 28
PY 80-69 Dacin

PY: J. Sanders 15p+12rb+5s, Huang Chih-feng 16p, James Mao 14p
Dacin: Tien Lei DNP, Chang Chih-feng 24p

Yulon 72-66 BOT
Yulon: Lee Hsueh-lin 18p, Tseng Wen-ting 14p
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 17p, J. Jones 13p+14rb, Chang Po-sheng 13p

KKL 80-74 TM
KKL: S. Hawkins 27p+16rb
TM: A. Foyle 24p+15rb, Liu Sheng-yao 19p, Wu Yung-jen 17p

Dacin 10-3
KKL 9-4
Yulon 7-6
TB 6-6
TM 6-7
PY 6-7
BOT 1-12


Doug Creighton, BOT


Alexus Foyle, TM


Derek Stribling, TB


Lai Liang-chung, BOT head coach


Lee Chi-yi (L) and BOT's Chen Shun-hsiang


Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon


Lin Chih-lung, KKL

(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)