Entering into their fifth season in the Super Basketball League this December, the Fubon Braves are looking to return to championship form after a deep run in the playoffs. Last season, the team finished fifth overall in the Super Basketball League after the regular season under their new head coach, Hsu Chin-che. The team may be relatively new, but coach Hsu is a legend for his time with the Chinese Taipei basketball team.
The Braves scraped and crawled their way into the playoffs last year, but they carried newfound momentum and used coach Hsu’s strategy to reach the finals. This year, the Braves return to Asia League looking to avenge last year’s early elimination. Coach Hsu previously led Chinese Taipei on legendary streaks in numerous basketball tournaments, dethroning previous champions and establishing himself as a household name during the process. Coach Hsu will have the team playing lightning quick offense and stifling opponents on defense.
With a young and talented roster, the Braves have become a bigger, stronger and faster team. Last year, they led the SBL in points and rebounds per game. Pairing a brash and bold defense with an offense that can blow by anybody, the Braves are poised for a deep run in this year’s tournament. High percentage shooting and smart plays is the name of the game, and that’s the strategy the Braves employ.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Lin Chih-Wei, former first pick of the 2014 SBL draft, signed with the Braves last year. The team was thrilled to be bringing in the previous season’s MVP of the All-Star game and a major scoring threat. He didn’t disappoint and fit into coach Hsu’s offense quickly. He even set an SBL scoring record by scoring 55 points in an All-Star game.
Tsai Wen-Cheng, the captain of the Fubon Braves, is no stranger when it comes to championships. He’s won two SBL finals MVPs and has been named to multiple. After joining the Fubon Braves in 2016, his outstanding performance secured his place on the All-SBL team once again. Last season, he averaged 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds led the Braves all the way to the finals as the 5th seed.
Finally, the Braves bring their own dose of Linsanity to Macao, with the former rookie of the year from 2016 and All-SBL team last year, Joseph Lin. He led the team in steals and assists per game in the postseason and is instrumental to the team’s success.
|00||Ping-Hung Li||Shooting guard, Point guard||3/11/1989|
|1||Joseph Lin||Shooting guard, Point guard||21/6/1992|
|3||Chang Tsung-Hsien||Shooting guard, Point guard||27/12/1988|
|5||Shaquille Keith||Power forward, Small forward||7/9/1993|
|9||Kuo Shao-Chieh||Shooting guard, Point guard||9/4/1990|
|10||Steven Guinchard||Shooting guard, Point guard||4/7/1993|
|11||Hsiao Shun-Yi||Power forward, Small forward||23/10/1992|
|13||Lin Meng-Hsueh||Power forward, Small forward||14/10/1992|
|14||Tsai Wen-Cheng||Power forward, Small forward||31/5/1985|
|23||Li Ying-Fong||Power forward, Small forward||1/7/1993|
|24||Hung Chih-Shan||Shooting guard, Point guard||5/7/1985|
|30||Liu Weir-Chern||Power forward, Small forward||27/11/1988|
|91||Tsai Yang-Ming||Power forward, Small forward||8/1/1995|
|Hsu Chin Che||Head Coach|