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.
Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times
“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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