We came, we saw, we lost. Again.
Once more did the Sharks hustle, fight and play good defence but once again, they found themselves on the losing side and now have a 0-3 record for their troubles.
Gerald Green, the source of more than one jib by yours truly due to the bizarre focus he receives via winning a novelty competition almost five years ago, came good in this one. The forward handled his business on the court like a real All-Star and ultimately was the deciding factor in Foshan, dropping 41 points in a swaggering, all-action display.
Indeed, there really wasn’t too much between the teams for the first three-quarters and accurate shooting from both sides meant that neithier team could pull away.
Enter the fourth quarter and things got interesting. Shanghai, having built up a lead, lost it, slowly and agonizingly as Green and his cohorts ate away at the deficit the Sharks had put together. With a little under three minutes left, Green nailed a booming dunk and the roar from the crowd exploded. It was on. Shanghai knew it and wilted under the pressure. A long range shot from downtown by Green was enough to do it and the Sharks drifted off into another frustrating defeat.
Panaggio looked pissed. Liu Wei looked crest-fallen. It was a tough reminder that only the full-time score counts and yet again, the Sharks found themselves dashed at the end. Liu made 30 points, Mike Harris got 18, whilst Ryan Kelly and Peng Fei looked lively and full of zip. However, the only stat that people will care about is 0-3. Shanghai have shown they can win. Now they need to do it.