Playing out of Kaohsiung City, a special municipality in the southwest of Taiwan, the team is in the midst of creating history as there has never been a professional Christian ministry basketball team. They will also be the first team outside of the Southeast Asia region to join the league.
The Kaohsiung Truth is primarily backed by The Truth Network, a group of Christian Radio Stations in the United States that broadcasts and streams live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
“We’ve been putting this project together for about a year with the realization that we can use the sport of basketball as a platform to tackle the issues related to the 10/40 window,” said Stu Epperson, Team Owner of the Kaohsiung Truth. He added: “Being accustomed to this beautiful country and having the basketball background that we do, we wanted to create opportunities to share God’s love with other countries and communities.”
The lone team from Taiwan has already enlisted several players to bolster their squad for the upcoming season – Americans 7’2″ James Tyler and 6’8” Chris Oliver and Taiwanese players 6’7″ Carlos Andrade, 6’3″ Wesley Hsu, and 6’3″ Sabatino Chen. They are also looking to sign players from Kaohsiung to boost their team and give it the much needed local flavor.
2016-2017 Regular Season Schedule
- ASEAN Basketball League
- Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School, Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung Truth Roster
|Jay Wey||Kaohsiung Truth||-||-|
|2||LUO Jun Quan||Kaohsiung Truth||5’6"||145 lbs|
|5||Chen Sabatino||Kaohsiung Truth||Guard||6’4"||185 lbs|
|9||LIN Zhong Xian||Kaohsiung Truth||6’0"||176 lbs|
|13||CHANG Hao Chun||Kaohsiung Truth||Forward/Center||6'2"||165 lbs|
|21||Andrade Carlos||Kaohsiung Truth||Forward||6’8"||220 lbs|
|22||HUANG Ya Chung||Kaohsiung Truth||6’1"||180 lbs|
|23||Oliver CEDRIC||Kaohsiung Truth||Forward||6’7"||220 lbs|
|25||YEH Jia Jao||Kaohsiung Truth||6’5"||200 lbs|
|32||Hsu Wesley||Kaohsiung Truth||Team Captain||6’3"||210 lbs|
|33||HALL Derek||Kaohsiung Truth||Forward/Center||7’0"||226 lbs|
|66||LEE Wei Min||Kaohsiung Truth||Guard/Forward||6’2"||205 lbs|
2016-2017 ABL Regular Season
|2||Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions||5||2||0.714||1.5||596||544||7||5-2||L1|
|5||Westports Malaysia Dragons||1||5||0.167||5||411||456||-8||1-5||L4|