Shanghai Sharks’ first game in the Cable Beach Invitational tournament in Australia ended in a comprehensive defeat to the Perth Wildcats. The Australian side were coming into this game on a high having won their six previous games including a 73-47 defeat of the Guangsha Lions and calmly made it seven wins on the bounce.
Elijah Millsap put up 14 points but was the only player in a relatively inexperienced Shanghai line-up (who gave up a whopping 31 turnovers) to score in the double figures. Center Mathew Knight top scored for the Wildcats with 13 points but chances were shared among the line-up as the Australians rotated their players constantly.
Before alarm bells start to ring, it should be noted that this was obviously an experimental line-up going up against a perennial powerhouse in Australian basketball who had previously served notice of their potential by dismantling Shanghai 66-23 under similar circumstances this time last year as well. The score sheet doesn’t look pretty but with DJ White due to meet up with the team any day now and the team coming together personal-wise, things are still on course for the Sharks to get in the groove for the CBA start in November.