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'The Beast' wins accolades, named Player of the Week

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Lin ``The Beast'' Chih-jeh, with ball, who was named SBL Player of the Week.

PHOTO: SBL

Lin "The Beast" Chih-jeh's record-setting performance in last Friday's contest against the Dacin Tigers earned the top scorer for Taiwan Beer the Super Basketball League's (SBL) Player of Week honor.

Edging past the previous single-game scoring mark of 41, set by the Yulon Dinos' Chen Hsin-an last season, Lin rang up 43 points, along with five rebounds and two assists, in his best offensive outing of the season. His 19 points in the game's third quarter alone was also a new high for an individual player.

Lin's Player of the Week selection was the icing on the cake for the Taiwan Beer's second-year power forward as he claimed the league's first monthly Most Valuable Player distinction on Wednesday for his exceptional all-round game during the month of January.

The newly established monthly honor was put in place by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) and the ESPN Star Sports network to recognize an individual player who demonstrates outstanding skill and contribution to his team's success. In addition to the crystal trophy, Lin also received NT10,000 in prize money.

"I am very honored to be here today. There are a lot of great players in this league whose achievements could easily qualify them for this award. I would like to thank my teammates for their support, without which I would not be able to do what I did," Lin said at the award ceremony on Wednesday.

In the eight games that he played in January, "The Beast" averaged 23.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game, clearly making him the dominant force that he has been for Taiwan Beer.

For Lin and his squad, this will be a relatively easy week as they take on the ETTV Antelopes (tomorrow) and the Sina Lions (Sunday), two clubs with losing records (4-7 and 0-12, respectively) in the season so far.

Like the beermen's games versus the Antelopes and the Lions, the favorites in all but one of this week's six matches should not have problems against their weaker opponents, starting with tonight's confrontation between the Tigers and the Lions.

Fresh off back-to-back, two-point victories over the Dinos and Taiwan Beer last weekend, the Tigers have the momentum heading into tonight's game. It would take a perfect game plan and flawless execution on behalf of the Lions to pull off an upset here.

Also in action are the Dinos versus the Bank of Taiwan in tonight's prime-time slot, where the bankers have their pride to defend after suffering a lopsided 106-64 loss at the hands of the Dinos exactly a week ago.

The expected return of Dinos all-star center Tseng Wen-ding will play a critical role in this game in that the bankers will try to attack inside the paint with their physical lineup, and Tseng's effectiveness against such aggressive low-post play could make the difference.

The bankers will not have much time to rest as their schedule brings in the league-leading Videoland Hunters first thing tomorrow afternoon.

This is a very important game for the Hunters in that they need to play a physical club like the bankers in preparation for Sunday's showdown against the Tigers, arguably the hottest team in the league right now.

Since their ugly 86-63 loss to the Dinos on Jan. 8, the Hunters have amassed a 5-0 record to remain at the top of the league for nearly a month. With the expected victory by the Dinos over the bankers this week, a loss to the Tigers could reduce the Hunters' one-and-a-half game lead over the Dinos to just a half-game.

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