Shangdong Lions:93 – Foshan Dralions 79
Gerald Green scored 18 points in a losing effort as his Foshan Dralions lost at home to Shandong 93-79. The former Boston Celtic made was 3/6 from field goals and 3/9 at three-point attempt, also dished out two assists, but crucially failed to dunk at all, presumably to the absolute horror of every Chinese basketball media outlet who have been contractually obliged to remind readers that he won the 2007 Slam Dunk contest at every chance they get.
Swingman Alan Anderson also put up 18 points for Shandong as well as six rebounds and three assists as the former Michigan State player helped the Jinan outfit dispatch their hosts. Sun Jie also made 14 points including four from downtown, whilst Sui Ran made (12 points), Li Lin (11 points) and Othello Hunter (11) also joined made it into double digits. Hunter was generally large and in charge throughout, as the former Ohio State power forward helped himself to 21 rebounds over the course of the game.
Guangsha Lions: 115 – Tianjin Golden Lions:113
Wilson Chandler exploded onto the CBA with an imperious 43 points, 22 rebounds and four assists in a fifty minute spell that will confirm his status as the unofficial king of Hangzhou. A high scoring affair throughout, Guangsha seemed content to sit back and let their marque name do his thing and the former Denver Nugget did just that, making 18-of-32 field goals including two powerful dunks. Tianjin’s Zhang Nan tried to keep pace with the American but tonight was Chandler’s show and a A-list performance from Guangsha forward sealed the deal for his side and helped his side see off an unexpectedly plucky opposition.
Shanxi Dragons: 95 - Fujian Sturgeons: 111
Fujian’s trio of imports stole the headlines, putting up a combined fifty-nine points as the Sturgeons put on a show for their hometown crowd. Journeyman point guard Anthony Roberson hit 27 points, whilst the former Spanish basketball league stalwart Will Mc Donald and Jordanian international Zaid Abbas made 19 and 13 points.
Shanxi never recovered from Fujian scoring thirty-three points in the first quarter. CBA veterans, Charles Gaines, who had an impressive season last year with Qingdao still collected 23 points and 19 rebounds whilst Marcus Williams made an even more impressive 32 points including eight three-pointers.
Both teams’ imports were value for money but Fujian pulled away thanks to the additional support of their Chinese team mates, Gong Songlin and Zhou Tailong, who scored 16 and 11 respectively.
Other Stand Out Results
- Stephon Marbury put up 29 points and 6 assists as the Ducks romped to victory at home against Jilin, 103-89. Former New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks centre Randoph Morris also made 19 points and pulled in 12 rebounds. Cartier Martin made a monster 38 points in reply but there was little else from the Tigers roster to help out the ex-Wizard player.
- Serial CBA champions Guangdong started strong at home, beating Zhejiang Bulls by a distance, 111-78. Chinese superstar Yi Jianlian made 17 points as the Tigers line-up dismantled the Bulls with useful contributions from the majority of its roster. JR Smith made 20 points with 4 rebounds but he was let down by his teammates, who failed to move the scoreboard long in the same way as their expensively acquired American free agent.
Round 1 Results
Shandong: 93 @ Foshan: 79
Shanxi: 95 @ Fujian 111
Shanghai: 83 @ Qingdao 86 -
Donguan: 101 @ Bayi 111
Tianjin: 115 @ Guangsha 118
Zhejiang Bulls: 78 @ Guangdong: 111
Jilin Tigers: 89 @ Beijing 103
Jiangsu: 86 @ Liaoning: 102