Sat, Feb 19, 2005 - Page 20 News List

Local stars about to shine

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Wu Yung-ren, the defending three-point shooting champion, will defend his title during SBL All-Star activities at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium today.

PHOTO: SBL

A sold out house is expected at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium tonight for the Super Basketball League All-Star game.

The midseason showcase of the league's top players will feature a battle between the Scarlet Knights, consisting of All-Stars from the Videoland Hunters, the Sina Lions, and the Dacin Tigers, and the White Knights, made up of elite members from the Yulon Dinos, the ETTV Antelopes, Taiwan Beer, and the Bank of Taiwan.

Coach Chung Chih-mong of the Hunters will lead the Scarlet Knights in his second straight All-Star appearance, while his counterpart, Taiwan Beer skipper Yen Jia-hua takes charge of the White Knight squad in his first All-Star outing.

Tigers' big men Tien Lei and Lee Fong-yung, along with mister hustle, Chang Chih-fong, will start for the Scarlet Knights, with the Lions' Luo Hsin-liang and the Hunters' Yang Tseh-yi rounding out the starting five.

The rest of the Scarlet roster are made up of the Hunters' Chen Hui, Hsiung Ren-cheng, Lin Jia-huang, Lai Guo-hung and Lee Chi-yi, the Lions' Liu Yi-shiang and the Tigers' Wang Chih-chun.

Fan favorite Lin "The Beast" Chih-jeh and his Taiwan Beer mate Chen Shih-nian will team up with Dino standouts Tseng Wen-ding and Chou Shih-yuan, as well as the Antelopes' Yang Yu-ming to complete a White Knights' lineup that is capable of lighting up the scoreboard with offensive fire power.

Hsu Hao-cheng, Ho Sho-cheng and Ha Hsiao-yuan of Taiwan Beer will join Chen Chih-chung, Lee Hsueh-lin of the Dinos, Wu Dai-hao of the Antelopes, and the Bank of Taiwan's Yang Jing-ming on the White Knights' bench to round out this year's All-Star selections.

In addition to the game, this year's midseason classic will include a game consisting of former national team members and a group of selected rookies.

A three-point shootout and the slam-dunk contest will round out the day's activities.

Bank of Taiwan's long range shooter, Wu Yung-ren, will face heavy competition in his quest to defend his three-point shooting title as 13 other contestants (two from each team) battle from long range.

Tien Lei (Tigers) and Tseng Wen-ding (Dinos) will test the invisible springs on the bottom of their soles in the highly anticipated slam-dunk contest.

The six-man competition this year will feature a host of newcomers.

The two favorites will need to fend off challenges in the early rounds from the bankers' Wang Hsin-kai, the Antelopes' Hsiao Yuan-chang, the Lions' Chang Yu-lin and Taiwan Beer's Wu Yang-hui.

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