In a gripping, pulsating match that finished 94-88, the Shanghai Sharks beat the Guangsha Lions in a gritty defensive effort that once again neutralized Wilson Chandler. A collective effort on defense paved the way for Mike Harris to once again steal the show going forward but it doesn’t matter how the game was won but rather that the Sharks improbable run of form continues.
Shanghai were ahead by a distance as early as the first quarter when the misfiring Lions offence failed to make an impact against the away side, who rebounded and chased Guangsha down at every chance they got.
With Liu Wei dictating the play every time the Sharks advanced, the away side took their chances and snuck into the second quarter up by a 25-11 margin.
Yet if Chandler was one problem for the Sharks to address, the towering center PJ Ramos was another and the Puerto Rican giant helped stretch the Shanghai defence to the extend that the dangerous Jin Lipeng had the freedom to start launching threes at the Shanghai basket.
When the sides left the court at the interval, the score line was 49-40 to the Sharks as tough defending and crisp shooting from Harris allowed to keep ahead of an increasing menacing Guangsha offense.
Though the Sharks still had the lead by a sizeable distance, the game never felt secure and it always felt like the home side could break down the Shanghai defence if the latter lost their focus for just a second.
Yet not only did the Sharks hold their nerve, they continued to keep the scoreboard moving thanks to the constantly clutch shooting of Harris.
Somehow the Sharks were still leading the game after going ahead in the first couple of minutes and as the game slipped into the closing stages, Shanghai were content to run the clock down infront of the increasing panicked home crowd.
A win, sealed in emphatic fashion by Marcus Landry huge heave from distance, keeps the Sharks winning streak alive and also means a play off spot remains a real possibility.
Harris made a game high 29 points but the win against the Lions was pure teamwork and the Sharks will now move into their next away game against Jilin with sky high confidence.