This week’s Super Basketball League (SBL) Player of the Week honor went to a very deserving Chen Hsuen-hsiang, who won nods from members of the Basketball Writers’ Association for his outstanding performance and tremendous leadership to help his club upset Taiwan Beer last week.
The soft-spoken team captain for the Bankers, who missed the start of the season because of an injury, came on strong in his first weekend of play by converting 11 of 22 three-point attempts in the two games he played to pour in an astonishing 59 points.
His red-hot shooting was the main reason that the last-placed Bankers pulled off an upset against the defending champs Taiwan Beer 90-80 on Friday night.
“I’d like to thank the coaches and my teammates for their support while I was hurt, without which I could not have recovered as quickly as I did,” Chen said upon learning of his selection to the weekly honor.
“All the credit should go to my teammates for creating the open shots for me,” Chen added.
Chen and the rest of his team will have their hands full in a three-game set this weekend, starting with a tough battle against the top-ranked Dacin Tigers this evening followed by tomorrow’s contest versus Kinmen Liquor and Sunday’s match against the New Taipei City Yulon Luxgens.
It will be an uphill battle for the Bankers all the way, because the Tigers match up much better at virtually every position except for Chen’s.
The Bankers would have to get a great effort from him, in addition to containing the Cats’ inside force, Noel Felix, to have a chance at a win.
Tonight’s other contest will feature Kinmen Liquor against streaky Pure Youth Construction, who have won six straight and could easily make it eight in a row with two relatively easy games this weekend.
Even though the Distillers have flashed signs of brilliance against tougher opponents in the past, they are still heavy underdogs in this game against a Chen “Airman” -Hsi-n-an-led Builders squad that put up 86 points in their previous meeting.
Kinmen Liquor will also need to find a way to keep Quincy Davis of the Builders in check with newcomer Anthony Fuqua, who was outplayed by the Tigers’ Felix in his second game with the Distillers last week.