Tien Lei (Photo: SBL)
Tien Lei had 20 points and five blocks and helped Dacin to a 67-58 win over long-time rival Taiwan Beer. Dacin and Yulon both won Friday night and are now tied at 12-3.
Chang Chih-feng added 15 points for the winner while TB was led by Yang Ching-min’s 21. Ho Shou-cheng had 13 and 8 and Lin Chih-chieh 10 and 8 for TB.
Short-handed Yulon routed Taiwan Mobile 81-51 in the absence of Chen Hsin-an, Chen Chih-chung and Lee Chi-yi as Chou Shih-yuan picked up the scoring with 18 points and Lee Hsueh-lin added 16 points and 8 assists.
Chen Hsin-an sat out again due to knee injury. Chen Chih-chung missed the game because he was coaching Tai-shan HS in the HBL men’s quarterfinal round. Lee Chi-yi did not play due to family matters.
Taiwan Mobile, which has lost six straight, was also plagued by the absence of a pair of key players. Ouyang Ching-heng was lost for ankle injury while Mario Boggan sat out due to illness.
Hsu Tse-hsin led TM with 9 point and 10 boards.