PY wins 2011 Probation Cup Invitational


Doug Creighton’s offensive rebound and putback helped Pure Youth beat Elite Talent Exchange 89-86 to win the 2011 Probation Cup Invitational in Taiwan’s eastern city of Hualien on Sunday.

Zuo Tsun-kai missed consecutive free-throws but Creighton, who joined PY this summer, grabbed the offensive rebound for the winning basket as PY, which led by as many as 18 points, held off ETE’s furious rally in the last period.

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2011 Probation Cup Invitational Tournament

2011 probation cup

The 2011 Probation Cup Invitational Tournament will be held from Oct. 12-16 in the eastern Taiwan city of Hualien with nine teams in contention for the tourney, which is in its tenth year.

Malaysian national team, Elite Talent Exchange and seven SBL teams will be divided into two groups in the preliminary round with top four teams in each group advancing to the knock-out second round, where top two teams in each group will meet in a cross-over semifinals and the third- and fourth-ranked teams meet in 5-8 place classification games.

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Out of town notice and 2010 Probation Cup

I will be out of town for a trip for five days, during which the 2010 Probation Cup (Guanhu Cup) invitational tournament will be played in the eastern Taiwan city of Hualien. So I will not update this blog until Oct. 28.

Four SBL teams — Yulon, Taiwan Beer, Dacin and Bank of Taiwan — and a pair of Chinese teams – Liaoning and Sichuan — entered the six-team tournament.

The tournament has been plagued by bad weather in Taiwan as Typhoon Megi has brought around one meter of rain in eastern Taiwan over the past 24 hours.

In the first day of action Thursday, Liaoning, a team in the first division Chinese Basketball Association, pounded BOT 85-52. BOT was led by Chuan Hsiao-wen’s 13 points and Sun Huan-po’s 10 points.

Yulon Luxgen defeated Sichuan of the Chinese second division NBL 72-64 with Chou Shih-yuan pacing the team with 18 points and Lin Kuan-lun added 14. Sichuan won the NBL regular season champion with a 16-2 record this past season. However, it only finished 5th in the post-season.

Shanxi wins 2009 Guanhu Cup Invitational Tournament


Lee Benson and Donta Smith dominated the tournament throughout as China’s Shanxi won the 2009 Guanhu Cup Invitational Tournament in the eastern Taiwan resort city of Hualien Sunday after routing Taiwan Beer 102-69 in the title game.

However, the annual tournament which was also known as Hualien Probation Basketball (HPB) tournament has been marred by none other than South Korea’s Kyunghee University. The KU team, one of South Korean college basketball powerhouses, boycotted the game on opening day before going for a bench-clearing brawl on the final day.

5200254-2203831 The most intriguing team is the US team, which consists of mostly Afghan players coming from the U.S. I haven’t had the chance to see them play since no TV station broadcast the tournament this year.

A good news for Yulon was the return of Chen Hsin-an, who had both of his knees operated in the U.S. this summer. Sitting out for almost the enitre year, Chen Hsin-an was still rusty in his first game back, scoring 6 points and pulling down 6 rebounds in 26 minutes.

Taiwan Beer signed a pair of veterans in Shan Wei-fan and Shin Jin-jan to fill the void of Lin Chih-chieh, who left taiwan to play for China’s Zhejiang this year.

Oct. 14
Shanxi 91-76 Yulon
US 99-45 Malaysia
KKL 84-76 Dacin
TB 62-60 Kyunghee Univ.

Oct .15
Kyunghee Univ. 84-81 KKL
Shanxi 91-52 Malaysia
Yulon 82-65 US
TB 78-75 Dacin

Oct. 16
US 75-71 Shanxi
TB 94-85 KKL
Yulon 94-64 Malaysia
Kyunghee 73-58 Dacin

Oct. 17
Shanxi 94-76 Kyunghee Univ.
TB 90-82 Yulon
US 79-66 Dacin

Oct. 18
3rd-place game: Yulon 83-73 Kyunghee Univ.
Title game: Shanxi 102-69 TB
Final Placing:
1. Shanxi
2. Taiwan Beer
3. Yulon
4. Kyunghee University






(Photos: Liberty Times, Apple Daily,

Guanhu Cup interrupted by super typhoon

The remaining games of the 2008 Guanhu Cup have been cancelled because of a super typhoon which is hitting Taiwan, game organizers said Saturday. Semifinal games and the the championship game will not be played.

Yulon, Taiwan Beer, Singapore Slingers and Korea’s Kyunghee University advanced to the semifinal Saturday after the quarterfinal round. But that was as far as the competition went as Taiwan braced for Typhoon Jangmi, the fourth and the most powerful typhoon hitting the country this summer.

The cancellation of the games was inevitable as Typhoon Jangmi made its landfall in Taiwan’s eastern coast Sunday afternoon. Hualien, where Guanhu Cup is being played, is in eastern Taiwan.

Sept. 27 Quarterfinal results:

Yulon 82-74 Dacin
Taiwan Beer 99-95 dmedia
Slingers 97-84 Phoenix
Kyunghee Univ. 95-90 Pure Youth

Guanhu Cup: Two teams eliminated, quarterfinals begin

Taiwan Mobile and Taiwan University Select have been eliminated from the 10-team 2008 Guanhu Cup after three days of preliminary games. Quarterfinals begin today.

Sept. 26
Kyunghee 86-77 Phoenix
dmedia 84-74 Taiwan Mobile
Yulon 98-85 Slingers
TB 86-77 Dacin

Quarterfinal matchups:
Slingers vs. Phoenix
Yulon vs. Dacin
Kyunghee vs. PY
TB vs. dmedia

Guanhu Cup photos (source: Apple Daily)


Sun Ming Ming of Phoenix stood above all the rest.


Lin Chih-chieh, Taiwan Beer.


Kao Tien-chi, dmedia.


Chen Hsin-an, who became a father this summer, returned to the court.


Sun Ming Ming of Phoenix.

Guanhu Cup results

Group A: Yulon, dmedia, Taiwan Mobile, Slingers
Group B: Taiwan Beer, Pure Youth, Dacin
Group C: Taiwan University Select, Kyunghee Univ., Phoenix

Sept. 24
Kyunghee 62-48 TUS
PY 94-76 Dacin
Slingers 92-84 TM
Yulon 110-82 dmedia

Sept. 25
Phoenix 110-67 TUS
Slingers 101-89 dmedia
Yulon 81-60 TM
TB 86-81 PY