Mon, Feb 21, 2005 - Page 19 News List

All-Stars warm up Taipei

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Members of the media named Luo Hsin-liang as the Super Basketball League All-Star game's most valuable player following the event at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium, Saturday.

PHOTO: SBL

Luo Hsin-liang's 17-point, seven-assist night, including a couple of jaw-dropping, no-look passes, made him the unanimous choice for the game's Most Valuable Player honor in the Super Basketball League All-Star game on Saturday.

For the second year in a row, the 33-year-old Sina Lion scoring machine claimed the coveted award.

The veteran point man twice brought the sold-out crowd of 2,500-plus to its feet at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium with a pair of outstanding four-point plays (sinking the ensuing free throw after being fouled after a three-point score) for the Scarlet Knights, despite their 96-89 loss against the White Knights in the annual midseason classic.

"I'm quite surprised that they [the media] would pick the [MVP] winner from the losing team," Luo said. "The honor should go to my teammates for giving me so many scoring opportunities."

The game began with the Scarlet Knights jumping to a 26-20 lead during a loose and lively first quarter, as players from both teams showed off moves that they would dare use during a regular season contest.

The White Knights fought back in the second quarter to pull within a point of the lead, settling for the 43-42 halftime score.

Lee Chi-yi of the Videoland Hunters then erupted with four three-pointers during the Scarlet Knights' 27-point third quarter as they built a 70-64 lead, before the White squad countered again with an explosive 32-point final quarter for the win, highlighted by two impressive scoring runs of 11-0 and 8-0, respectively.

Offensively for the White Knights, Chou Shih-yuan and Tseng Wen-ding of the Dinos led the way with double-double performances (17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 points and 14 rebounds, respectively), while the Scarlet Knights' Lee Chi-yi celebrated his second straight All-Star Game appearance with a game-high 19 points.

slam dunk

In the highly publicized slam-dunk contest, Dacin Tigers' Tien Lei soared above the rest of the seven contenders to take home the top honor, earning the crowd favorite the trophy that he had just missed in last year's competition.

Tien's rim-grabbing baseline jam and towering slam with a foul-line takeoff called for a near-perfect score of 99 score that humbled challenger Wu Yang-hui of the Taiwan Beer, who was only able to score a 92.

Legends Game

Former national great Cheng Chih-long showed why experience still mattered with his 23 point night in the SBL's first Legends Game as the group of "old timers," including current coaches Liu Jia-fa (Tigers) and Chou Hai-rong (Hunters), beat up on a rookie squad in a 74-61 final.

As for the three-point shootout, Wu Cheng-yu of the Hunters edged Bank of Taiwan's Chuang Hsiao-wen and the Lions' Hung Chih-shan by a 16-to-15 margin (both Chuang and Hung scored 15 points) in the final round to take home top honors.

Defending champ Wu Yung-ren of the Bank of Taiwan participated in this year's preliminary round, but did not qualify for the final round of competition to defend his title.

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