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)