— Yulon has been in a slump, having lost three of its last four games. According to head coach Zhang Xuelei, it probably had to do with the unclear status of starting center Tseng Wen-ting, whose contract with Yulon will expire on Jan. 15. Tseng is said to possibly sign with Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese league CBA.
— On the other hand, newcomer Wu Chien-lung, who played with PY last season, has fit in well with Yulon in the power forward position. Wu is averaging 8.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
— Pure Youth import Rashad Jones-Jennings has turned in three straight 20-20s in the last three games, reportedly the first player to accomplish the feat in SBL history. (Although I doubt it. Former PY import Jon Sanders was probably the first one to do that? Anyway, I’m not sure.)
Jones, a former NCAA Division I rebounding champ, is averaging 18.1 points and 20.6 boards per game.
— TSNA news agency reported that BOT import Jason Faulknor sustained a pretty serious back injury in a game against Dacin last week and is currently in rehab. Faulknor probably needs a surgery and a rehabilitation period of six months. He did not play tonight against league leader Taiwan Beer. According to TSNA, Faulknor is signed through the end of March and has expressed his wish to stay in Taiwan for rehab. However, BOT has started to look for replacement.
Dacin 84-81 TB
Dacin: K. Gayden 20p+12rb, Lin Yi-hui 15p, Tien Lei 10p+7rb+5a, Hsu Hao-cheng 14p
TB: E. Jones 28p+16rb, Yang Ching-min 14p, Cheng Jen-wei 13p
Yulon 79-72 KKL
Yulon: Wu Chien-lung 16p+11rb, Tseng Wen-ting 15p+10rb, Lu Cheng-ju 13p+7rb
KKL: S. Hawkins 17p+10rb, CHang Jung-hsuan 17p, Chen Ching-huan 15p
PY 81-69 BOT
PY: R. Jones-Jennings 27p+24rb, Hong Chih-shan 14p
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 15p, J. Faulknor 9p+11rb, Hsu Chi-chang 13p
TM 82-70 Dacin
TM: Wu Yong-jen 17p+6rb+4a, Su Yi-chieh 16p, Ouyang Ching-heng 14p, M. Dove 12p+14rb
Dacin: Tien Lei 20p+7rb, K. Gayden 12p+11rb
PY 89-53 KKL
PY: R. Jones-Jennings 23p+25rb, Tsai Wen-cheng 15p, Chang Yu-lin 13p
KKL: Chen Ching-huan 15p, S. Hawkins 12p+12rb
TB 77-52 Yulon
TB: E. Jones 17p+12rb, Yang Ching-min 12p
Yulon: Yang Che-yi 9p, Tseng Wen-ting 6p (2-13 FG)
TB 71-62 BOT
TB: Yang Ching-min 14p, D. Creighton 11p, Yang Yu-ming 11p
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 13p, Chen Jun-chieh 14p
PY 85-72 Yulon
PY: R. Jones-Jennings 26p+25rb, Chien Chia-hong 16p, Tsai Wen-cheng 15p
Yulon: Tseng Wen-ting 15p+11rb+5a, Chen Chih-chun 14p, Lu Cheng-ju 14p
James Mao of PY (R)
(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)