Having beaten the Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou, the Sharks will now travel to Changchun on Wednesday hoping for another home and away sweep with victory against the Jilin Tigers. Shanghai won 85-67 when the Tigers visited the Yuanshen back in early December and the Sharks will be looking for more of the same against a side that currently has an 8-13 record with seven of those wins coming at home.
Jilin’s star player is the former Washington Wizards forward, Cartier Martin, who is currently averaging 26.1 ppg. His partner in crime is the crafty Jordanian point guard, Osama Daghlas, whose 17.2 ppg and league leading 7.6 apg mark him out as someone who can make baskets as well as shoot them. The powerful centre Jameel Watkins (16.2ppg) is the last of the Tigers’ legitimate threats and beyond their overseas trio, there isn’t a lot to get excited about now that their promising young point guard Yu Shulong has been relegated to the bench.
With the wind well and truly in their sails, the Sharks have to dispatch the Tigers with the same ruthlessness they deployed against Guangsha. Tricky away visits to Benxi (to play Liaoning Innovators), Urumqi (Xinjiang Tigers) and Beijing are still to come so the Sharks need to handle their business against teams like Jilin, and keep the momentum going as the play offs loom closer and closer.