Fri, Dec 27, 2013 - Page 19 News List

Pure Youth’s Keh claims Player of the Week award

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Keh Chi-hao of Pure Youth Construction throws a pass against Bank of Taiwan in their SBL game in Hsinchu on Saturday.

Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

Keh Chi-hao was named the SBL Player of the Week earlier this week for his outstanding performances in leading top-ranked Pure Youth Construction to a pair of convincing wins in Hsinchu last weekend.

The point guard who began his career on a very deep Builders bench five years ago, has earned the starting job and proven that he has a tremendous instinct for the ball while leading the team to a 10-2 record as the teams approach midseason.

His incredible eight-for-nine shooting from behind the three-point line, coupled with a perfect four-for-four outing from the free-throw line in the two games played last weekend, were the main reasons the Builders are still the team to beat in the SBL.

“I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates for making [winning the award] possible. Without their support, I wouldn’t have accomplished what I’ve accomplished,” Keh said after learning the news of his selection for the coveted weekly honor.

He just managed to edge past the Yulon Luxgens’ Hu Kai-shiang by a slim 32-31 margin in one of the closest races ever in the Player of the Week ballot.

“[Keh] is always one of the hardest-working guys on the team and the [Player of the Week honor] is well-deserved,” Pure Youth head coach Hsu Chin-che said of his young player.

Hsu and his crew will have their plates full on the final weekend of the year at the Hsinchu Municipal Gymnasium, with a highly anticipated showdown against Taiwan Beer tomorrow afternoon followed by Sunday night’s battle with the Dacin Tigers in a rematch of last season’s championship final.

Fresh off four straight wins over worthy opponents, the Brew Crew would love to prove themselves with a big win over the two-time defending champions, while the struggling Tigers will be trying to put an end to their dismal run with a big win over the Builders to end the year on a high.

The Tigers open this weekend’s play in Hsinchu with a tough match against the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards at 6pm this evening, followed by a confrontation between Bank of Taiwan and Kinmen Kaoliang, where a win by the last-placed Bankers coupled with a loss by the Tigers could lift the Financial Wizards out of the cellar.

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