The Shanghai Sharks walked out of Shanxi province with a rare win at an arena they have typically struggled at, thanks in part to the sharp shooting of Von Wafer. The absence of Marcus Williams through injury certainly helped but a win is a win and the Sharks now have three of them whilst the Dragons, soon to relocate to Beijing, are on a 0-4 run and could be a ‘dead pool’ team if this run of form continues. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 111 – Shanxi Dragons 102: Shanghai Pull Off Smash And Grab Raid In Rare Win At Shanxi”
A tough season for Shanghai suddenly got a lot tougher after the Sharks were outplayed by a no-thrills Foshan Dralions team. Gilbert Arenas scored a season-high 24 points whilst DJ White also picked a 19 point, 14 rebound double-double. However, the home team also turned the ball over 20 times, including six by White as Foshan deservedly earned a win few expected them to actually get. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 86 – Foshan Dralions 95: Arenas’ Hot Hand Not Enough To Save Shanghai”
With Tsung Hsien Chang checking in, one Shark from last season is already taking his skills elsewhere for the foreseeable future. Feng Tian, the team’s number two point guard had been with the team for two seasons but is now moving to Guangdong and the Foshan Dralions. Continue reading “Feng Tian Checks Out To Foshan”
It might be football (soccer) season in China right now but it doesn’t mean that the Sharks aren’t getting their reps in now that the CBA season is supposedly only two months away. With a preseason tour of Australia coming up at the end of September, Shanghai have been sparring with a number of other CBA teams who are also slowly getting back into the groove.
Results so far are listed below with a few interesting details attached alongside the scoreline. With no overseas players on the team (although it is thought that both of Shanghai’s imports will be signed within the next fortnight), the following games represent a lot of playing time for bench players and youngsters to show the Sharks’backroom staff exactly what they have learned during the off season.
09/01: Guangsha Lions 82 – Shanghai Sharks 76 (Liu Ziqui 18 pts; Wu Yang 11pts; Liu Ziqui 10 pts)
09/02: Bayi Rockets 69- Shanghai Sharks 66 (Liu Ziqui 18 pts; Wu Yang 10pts & 6rbs; Meng Lingyuan, Peng Fei, 8pts).
09/03: Jiangsu Dragons 80 – Shanghai Sharks 72 (Wu Yang 15pts; Feng Tian 11pts & 5rbs; Meng Lingyuan, Peng Fei, 9pts)
The Shanghai Sharks’ season is over following defeat to the visiting Shanxi Dragons in a thrilling 121-114 shoot-out. Marcus Williams and Charles Gaines came good in crunch time for the guests, who capitalized on Shanghai’s disorientation in the fourth quarter and will now advance to the next phase of the CBA playoffs. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 114 – Shanxi Dragons 121: Liu’s Heroics Not Enough To Save Gutsy Shanghai”
There are big games, there are huge games and then there are games where you are two-nil down in a playoff series and come back to win in the final seconds having been down by almost twenty points down at half time. Tonight was in the third category and the result means that the Sharks will be taking Shanxi back to Shanghai for Game 4 of this topsy-turvy series following an absolutely HUGE second half that saw the visitors find themselves with their backs to the wall only to respond with a performance of the highest order. Continue reading “Shanxi Dragons 99 – Shanghai Sharks 101: Liu, Landry, Harris Guide Sharks To Victory In Heart Stopping Finale”
A wretched third quarter and some dire shooting from the free-throw line condemned Shanghai to a painful 90-85 home defeat in game one of their playoff series with the Shanxi Dragons. The hard work now beckons for the Sharks, who must now go to the north of China and win at least one of the next two games in Taiyuan to remain in the playoffs. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 85 – Shanxi Dragons 90: Misfiring Sharks Punished By Shanxi”
Back from a holiday break, Niubball scribe, Edward Bothfeld, is back to talk all manor of CBA happenings and asses how the Chinese Basketball Association is shaping up in the crucial last couple of weeks before the regular season ends and the madness of playoffs begin.
A nervy Shanghai Sharks held on to beat the Fujian Sturgeons after a flurry of clutch three pointers pulled the home side away from danger in the closing seconds of the game. Anthony Roberson was a constant menace for the visitors and lit up the Sharks at times in the second half. A commanding performance from Liu Wei and some gutsy three-pointers from Wang Yong were critical to giving the Sharks victory but this was a game that could have gone either way in the crucial stages but for once, the luck was with Shanghai. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 94 – Fujian Sturgeons 90: Last Gasp Fireworks Keep The Sharks’ Playoff Dreams Alive”
Despite the noise from packed Yuanshen Gymnasium and a frisky first-half performance, the Shanghai Sharks couldn’t pull off an upset victory against the Guangdong Tigers. With Mike Harris out of the line up due to family reasons, the Sharks needed maximum focus from their remaining squad but after a solid start, Shanghai condemned themselves to another defeat after a poor third quarter allowed the Tigers take control before going on to win by the resounding margin of 101-85. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 85 – Guangdong Tigers 101: Singleton Stars As Ruthless Guangdong Rout Sharks”