Last week’s SBL Player of the Week award went to Chen Ching-huan of Kinmen Liquor, who beat out fellow center Aaron Pettway of the US to take home the coveted award.
The soft-spoken Kinmen native, whose second tour of duty with the Distiller is a charm following a two-year stint with the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards, won the distinction as his team’s go-to guy with a wealth of experience and an exceptional instinct for the ball.
“I’d like to thank my teammates and coaches for believing in me and getting the ball to me,” a pleased Chen said after learning of his selection. His determination to improve over the years has finally earned him a chance to shine on the big stage with the best of Kinmen, not to mention the 22-points-per-game average that he amassed in the two games that the Distillers won last week.
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“[Chen’s] tremendous work ethic has earned him a chance to star in the league after having spent several years in a supporting role with the four different teams he has played for,” Kinmen Liquor rookie skipper Yang Chih-hao said of his star player earlier this week.
Yang and his troops will have their hands full in a pair of uphill battles at the Miaoli County Arena this weekend, starting with tonight’s showdown against the top-ranked Pure Youth Constructions, winners of six-straight games and counting, followed by tomorrow’s match against four-time champs the Yulon Luxgens.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
The result for last month’s Player of the Month voting was announced by the league on Wednesday and Pure Youth Construction center Quincy Davis easily topped Taiwan Beer great Liu Chan to land the award.
The recently naturalized Taiwanese citizen, whose outstanding play on the national squad helped Taiwan to a top-four finish in the FIBA Asia Championship for the first time in 14 years, has proved his worth to the Builders in an ever-competitive league that lifted its restrictions on imported players’ heights and salaries this season. His continuing success against the younger and bigger foreign players only proves that size and athletic ability are not the only elements to success in basketball.
“The role of the foreign players should not be to win every game, but to help develop local players on the team so that everyone’s level of play can improve,” a modest Davis said upon learning of his win on Wednesday.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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