Wang Zhelin of Fujian Sturgeons goes up for a basket during a match between Jilin Northeast Tigers and Fujian Sturgeons at the newly resumed 2019-2020 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Dongguan, south China's Guangdong Province, June 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Liang Xu)
QINGDAO, China, June 26 (Xinhua) — Wang Zhelin racked up a game-high 30 points and ten rebounds, helping the Fujian Sturgeons overcome the Jilin Northeast Tigers 120-111 in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league here on Friday.
Both teams put on an offensive show, with five players on each side scoring double figures. Ty Lawson was excellent in his ball movement, contributing 19 assists and 26 points for Fujian. Sean Hill Jr. scored 24 points for Jilin.
Lawson scored 12 points and had eight assists, leading Fujian to control the rhythm and prevail 38-26 in the first quarter. Chen Linjian added attacking power from outside the paint for Fujian, shooting 6 for 7 to help the team go into half-time with a 66-47 edge.
Hill tried to reverse the tide with several three-pointers, but Wang stood out in the second half, scoring 20 points, and Lawson continued to pour on the pressure with jump shots to bag the win. Enditem
QINGDAO, China, July 26 (Xinhua) — The Guangdong Southern Tigers and the Liaoning Flying Leopards both finished their regular season with straight victories in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Sunday.
Guangdong eased past the Beijing Ducks 101-82 for a record-extending 29th straight victory. Sonny Weems had 19 points and eight assists to lead six players in double figures for Guangdong.
With a solid defence, Guandong built an 11-point lead and made Beijing only score 14 points in the first quarter. Beijing came back from a 17-point deficit to pull within two points but Weems scored five straight points to help the defending champions lead 45-38 at the halftime.
Beijing tried to overturn the game in the second half but Guangdong spurred a 16-2 run to start the fourth quarter to put the game away.
It is the first time for CBA to allow limited spectators back in arenas since the league restarted. Medical staff, teachers and policemen are eligible to watch the games on Sunday.
Star guard Guo Ailun scored a game-high 32 points in just 22 minutes, leading Liaoning to smash the Sichuan Blue Whales 126-79 and take nine victories in a row.
Liaoning’s six players finished with double figures. Gao Shiyan had 20 points and six steals and O. J. Mayo contributed 16 points. Hu Linsen scored 26 points for Sichuan.
Liaoning opened the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back. Guo took over the game by scoring 25 points in the first half, where Liaoning led with 71-37 to turn the game into a rout.
Wang Zhelin made a winner jumper in last seconds as the Fujian Sturgeons edged the Nanjing Monkey Kings 123-122. Stephon Marbury’s Beijing Royal Fighters beat the Bayi Rockets 106-93, while the Shanghai Sharks overcame the Shandong Heroes 98-89. Enditem
Beijing Ducks guard Jeremy Lin said that he hopes China’s top basketball league can resume as quickly as possible.
Lin said that the rumors about the CBA’s resumption and postponement affected his mood.
“The fans want to see basketball games, I also expected the league to resume quickly,” Lin said.
“We don’t care whether the games are played in empty arenas or under a championship-like competition system. We just want to play and let fans see the games on TV or the internet,” the 31-year-old added.
The CBA season was postponed in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the situation having eased considerably in China, the league is making plans for a restart of the season.
In the unfinished 2019-2020 season, Lin contributed 24.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
After snatching 19 wins in 30 games in the season’s regular period, Beijing sat in 6th of 20 teams.
The Jilin Northeast Tigers are ready for the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league to resume on June 20 after four months of closed-door training.
“Our goal has not changed, which is securing a position in the playoffs,” said president of the club Sun Jun.
The CBA side started training in the Changchun city of Jilin on February 10. “We focused on improving our players’ skills and stamina during these months,” Jilin’s head coach Wang Han told Xinhua. “I will adjust our training plan and get our players ready for the season to restart in the next few days.”
Before the league was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Jilin pocketed 19 wins in 30 games, sitting seventh out of the 20 teams in the league.
Jilin’s point guard, Cui Jinming said that he would treasure each second on the court and spare no effort to help his team achieve a positive result, especially given that it is still uncertain whether his two foreign teammates, Eli Holman and Dominique Jones, could return to China on time for the restart amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Qingdao, in east China’s Shandong province, and Dongguan, in the southern Guangdong province, were selected as the hosts for the remainder of the CBA league, which will be contested behind closed doors and in a championship format.
In the new competition system, Jilin will finish the rest of regular season games in Dongguan, playing their first league match in four months against Sichuan Blue Whale on June 21.