Chen "Airman" Hsin-an's return to Super Basketball League action from a four-month-long break was a hit as the Yulon Dinos' handled Lin "The Beast" Chih-jeh and his Taiwan Beer mates with ease in a 79-64 final on Friday night at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium.
The former Dinos' best all-purpose player pursued a career in the National Basketball Association last November and subsequently landed a starting role on the Long Beach Jam of the American Basketball Association (ABA).
With the ABA season coming to an end earlier this month, Chen came back to rejoin the Dinos last Monday, looking to finish out the season strong with his former team.
Even though Chen did not make it into the starting lineup, the Dinos started with a 10-0 run in the first four minutes of the game.
They would extend a 20-12 first-quarter lead by five points before the halftime intermission on a long three-pointer by Chou Shih-yuan and keep the double-digit lead for most of the second half.
"Chen's presence really boosted our confidence tonight for some reason; all the guys on the team seemed to have brought their "A" game with them." Head coach Lee Yun-kuan of the Dinos said of the return of his super star. Chou led all scorers with 26 points
Antelopes 74, Bank of Taiwan 68
The ETTV Antelopes and the Bank of Taiwan, both 9-12 for the season, ended with a 74-68 Antelopes win.
Bank of Taiwan forward Yang Jing-ming finished with a team-high 18 points for the game, but foul trouble and several key missed shots in the second half sunk the bankers as the Antelopes reduced a nine-point halftime deficit (44-35) by five in the third quarter and went ahead for good in the final seven minutes.
All-star center Wu Dai-hao scored 20 points for the Antelopes -- mostly from close range. Wu's 13 rebounds and two blocked-shots made life even more miserable for the bankers.