Grieving Joseph Taylor gets Player of the Week honor

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 - Page 20

Beating out two other individuals by six combined points, Bank of Taiwan’s Joseph Taylor landed last week’s Player of the Week honors earlier this week.

The forward/center out of the University of Wyoming, who played professional ball throughout Europe, China and South Korea prior to joining the Bankers two weeks into this season, has made his presence felt on both sides of the floor with an outstanding work ethic and positive attitude.

His 21-point and 16-board average over the Bankers’ past two games, including a double-20 outing against Kinmen Liquor last Friday, was the main reason that the Financial Wizards were able to defy the odds and take both contests.

What made Taylor’s outstanding effort even more special was that he played through the weekend after learning about the death of his mother in the US, channeling his sorrow into a will to win. He is expected to join his team for tonight’s match against the Taiwan Mobile Cloud Leopards after returning from the US.

“[Taylor] has been a tremendous force for us; his basketball skills and outgoing personality have really fit in quite well with our team’s objectives,” Bank of Taiwan skipper Wei Chen-ming said earlier this week.

Wei and his crew will have their hands full for the next three days with a pair of uphill battles against the top two clubs in the league, starting with tonight’s showdown against the Leopards, followed by Sunday’s confrontation against top-ranked Pure Youth Construction.

It will be a tough game for the Bankers because Taylor will likely suffer from jet lag, not to mention playing against the Leopards’ red-hot Noel Felix.