Friday, September 30, 2011

2011-12 SBL local players draft


Sixteen players have completed registration for the 2011-12 SBL local players draft, which will be held on Oct. 7 in Taipei, the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) said.

Seven of the 16 players came from Ming Dao University, runner-up in the university league UBA this past season, including notable players Liu Cheng and Peng Chun-yen, according to the CTBA.

Tseng Wen-ting signs with Shanghai


Taiwan NT center Tseng Wen-ting signed a four-year contract with Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Terms of the agreement -- a three-year contract with Shanghai could exercise a team option for the fourth year -- were not disclosed, but it is believed that Tseng will be paid between one million to two million Chinese yuan annually.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

National conference to discuss development of Taiwan's basketball


The CTBA plans to hold a national conference to discuss the future direction of Taiwanese basketball after Taiwan NT finishing for a somewhat disappointing eighth place in the 2011 Asian Championship. The CNA report is as follows:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Taiwan finishes eighth in 2011 Asian Championship

Taiwan was down to six available players due to injury and lost to Japan 81-72 to finish for the eighth place in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men in Wuhan, China.

Taiwan, which had already lost four players -- point guards Lee Hsueh-lin, Su Yi-chieh and forwards James Mao and Chien Chia-hung to injury -- trailed 28-9 in the first quarter, when it again lost injured Wu Tai-hao after three minutes.

2011 Asian Championship: Iran bruise Taiwan in Wuhan


Taken from

Taiwan-Philippines post game thoughts


Some quotes taken from Taiwanese media is the past few days after the quarterfinal loss to the Philippines:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Taiwan fall apart in quarter-final

Report from Taipei Times:

Photos: Taiwan vs. Philippines

A couple of photos taken from Taiwanese newspapers today.






(Photos:, Apple Daily)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Philippines beat Taiwan to reach semi behind Douthit's 37


Philippine center Marcus Douthit was unstoppable. The naturalized center had 37 points and 10 rebounds as Philippines rallied in the second half to beat Taiwan 95-78 in the quarterfinal of the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men and advanced to the semifinals.

Philippines advanced to Asian semifinals for the first time since 1987 while Taiwan failed to make the final four for the first time since 1999.

Taiwan 78-95 Philippines

Taiwan lost to the Philippines 95-78 in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men.

Taiwan vs. Philippines

Taiwan 109-62 Malaysia

Led by Jet Chang's 25 points and Lin Chih-chieh's 21 points, Taiwan beat Malaysia 109-62 in its last game of the second round. It is scheduled to meet the Philippines in the quarterfinal round.

Taiwan vs. Malaysia

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Taiwan loses to Korea, 82-61

Reports from FIBA Asia:

Taiwan edges Lebanon 60-58 in second round


Two steals in the last 18 seconds saved the day for Taiwan NT, which edged Lebanon 60-58 in the second round of the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men Monday in Wuhan, China.

In the chaotic last 60 seconds, Lebanon committed a 24-second violation while Taiwan returned the favor with a backcourt violation before Wu Tai-hao picked the pocket of a slashing Jean Abdel Nour to regain possession.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Boxscore: Taiwan vs. Qatar

Taiwan vs. Qatar

Taiwan makes second round


Jet Chang scored a game-high 35 points in Taiwan's 94-78 victory over Qatar Saturday in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship for Men and helped Taiwan advance to the 12-team second round.

Taiwan made the second round as second place of the Group B with a 2-1 record, behind the undefeated Iran (3-0).

FPG20119174230Qatar, which was plagued by naturalization issues with FIBA Asia and saw six of its players suspended, used five players for the entire game. In protest of the shocking development, Qatar basically gave up its previous two games by fouling out players before deciding to play today.

Chang made 10-of-18 shots, including 6-of-10 from three. He was not proud of his 35 points though, telling the media after the game that the game was not competitive.

"We were a little bit hesitant in the beginning because we didn't know how Qatar would play this game, " said Lee Hsueh-lin, who had 15 points and seven assists.

Tseng Wen-ting, who seemed to be not in his best condition in the preliminary round, had 14 points and seven rebounds.

FPG20119174614Head coach Chou Jun-san said it was not an easy game for Taiwan NT, because Qatar had been stripped of several players and could not play the game with its full squad.

Chou was not happy with Taiwan NT's rebounding effort in the first three games, saying that it would be an important factor in the next round.

Omar Salem led Qatar with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Erfan Ali Saeed had 19 and 13 while Abdulrahman Saad chipped in 18 and 10.

Preliminary round standing: (top three teams advance)
Group A
Korea 3-0
Lebanon 2-1
Malaysia 1-2
India 0-3

Group B
Iran 3-0
Taiwan 2-1
Uzbekistan 1-2
Qatar 0-3

Group C
Japan 3-0
Jordan 2-1
Syria 1-2
Indonesia 0-3

Group D
China 3-0
Philippines 2-1
UAE 1-2
Bahrain 0-3

Second round brackets:
Group E

Group F

(Photos: FIBA Asia)

Video: Taiwan-Iran highlight

Review of the Iran game

For 26 minutes, Taiwan NT played solid defense against Iran and was on the verge of pulling off a big upset in Wuhan. However, Samad Bahrami came to the rescue and Taiwan NT went out of synch in the last 14 minutes, ending up with a 12-point loss.

Taiwan was able to stay with the Iranians early as both sides couldn't seem to find the basket and Taiwan playing aggressive and tenacious defense against its opponents, especially 7-2 center Hamed Haddadi.

Taiwan used speed to its advantage in an 11-1 run in the third quarter to make the score 30-20. With 2:08 left in the quarter, Haddadi, who finished with eight points and 18 rebounds, was out of the game after committing his fourth foul.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Boxscores: Taiwan vs. Iran and Uzbekistan

Taiwan vs. Iran Taiwan vs. Uzbekistan

Chou unhappy with win over Uzbekistan


Taiwan beat Uzbekistan 81-71 Friday for its first win in the 2011 Asian Championship following a loss to Iran the day before, but head coach Chou Jun-san, who's making his international debut as a coach, was not a happy man.

Leading by as many as 22 points with seven minutes left in the game, Taiwan only came up with a 10-point win at the end. The 12-point differential could cost Taiwan a berth in the second round if it loses to Qatar.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

IRI/TPE - Samad steers Iran to safety and opening win


WUHAN, China (26th FIBA Asia Championship): It needed the sparkling skills of Samad Bahrami, playing his first international game for the Iran NT, for Team Melli to start their quest for a FIBA Asia Championship with a 49-37 win against a feisty Ch. Taipei in Group B on  Thursday.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

2011-12 SBL season to tip off on Dec. 17


A seven-team meeting convened by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association decided that the 2011-12 SBL season -- the ninth year of the semi-pro league -- will tip off on Dec. 17 this year and the player draft will be held on Oct. 7.

More details will be announced next week.