Fri, Jan 06, 2006 - Page 23 News List

Media lauds Lin for balanced play

SUPER BASKETBALL LEAGUE Accounting for nearly one-third of Taiwan Beer's total offense, Lin Chih-jeh was named Player of the Week as well as MVP for last month

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Lin Chih-jeh, left, of Taiwan Beer, prepares to dish off the ball as Chuang Hsiao-wen of the Bank of Taiwan defends during last Sunday's game at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium. Lin is averaging 25.7 points per game.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SBL

Lin "The Beast" Chih-jeh's fine display of offensive power, netting 25.7 points per contest over a three-game stretch last week, earned him this week's Super Basketball League Player of the Week award.

Accounting for nearly one-third of his club's total offense (32 percent), the third-year power forward for Taiwan Beer has become the heart-and-soul of a potent lineup that is capable of blowing out any team in the league with a balanced attack and a much improved defense.

His outstanding contribution is the main reason the beer crew has won three straight and six of their last seven games.

"I'm glad that all the hard work that I've devoted to the game is paying off," Lin said. "My deepest gratitude goes to my coaches and teammates for their help and support, without which this honor would not be possible."

Lin was also named MVP of the Month. His average of 23.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game last month placed him among the elite in nearly all categories.

"Lin can really take over a game like no other player can," Taiwan Beer coach Yen Jia-hua said following an 89-69 win over the Dacin Tigers last Friday.

The brewers will have a chance to extend their winning streak when they face the Videoland Hunters tomorrow and the Tigers on Sunday.

Tonight's Games

Two highly anticipated games are scheduled to take place tonight at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium, beginning with an evenly matched contest between the ETTV Antelopes and the Bank of Taiwan, followed by the battle between the Yulon Dinos and the Tigers.

The Antelopes and the bankers are both coming off tough losses.

The club that wins the rebounding battle should savor the taste of victory in this game, since both teams are expected to rely on their perimeter game to score. Winning the battle off the glass will limit the opposition to fewer shots.

Upcoming games

* Friday: Bank of Taiwan vs. ETTV, 6:30pm; Dacin vs. Yulon, 8:30pm

* Saturday: Taiwan Beer vs. Videoland, 3pm; Yulon vs. Bank of Taiwan, 5pm; YMY vs. Dacin, 7pm

* Sunday: Videoland vs. ETTV, 3pm; Bank of Taiwan vs. YMY, 5pm; Dacin vs. Taiwan Beer, 7pm

* All games played at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium


Meanwhile, it will likely be an uphill battle for the big cats as they face the defending champions, who have won their last five consecutive games.

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