On a night when the Sharks’ three-point shooting was again subpar at best, Shanghai went back to basics to squeak past Sichuan Blue Whale in Chengdu. Darnell Jackson was large and in charge for the visiting side and his muscle down low was a key factor in picking up a 30 + 13 double-double as the Sharks’ begin the CBA season 2-0 for the first time in several years. Continue reading “Sichuan Blue Whale 90 – Shanghai Sharks 96: Darnell Jackson Goes To Work On Brittle Sichuan Frontcourt In Timely Shanghai Win”
Its been a VERY long off-season in Shanghai since game five of the CBA playoffs against Shanxi but that obviously doesn’t mean that the Sharks’ former overseas players are sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Indeed, former Sharks forward, Mike Harris, has just finished his stint with Puerto Rican outfit Athletico San German and will now be leaving the island with some decent numbers on his CV.
If there was ever a game that summed up the madness and drama of Chinese basketball, tonight was it. Shanghai got the victory- thanks to the uber-clutch Marcus Landry- but it was painfully close. However, what’s important now is that the boys from the Yuanshen are coming home with an 18-14 record before they return to north China to play the Shanxi Dragons in the first round of the playoffs.
The final game of Shanghai’s regular season takes the Sharks to northern China to take on the Tianjin Lions (10-21). The home side, traditionally an afterthought in the world of Chinese basketball, have shown no signs of improving from previous seasons of mediocrity and are currently third from bottom in the CBA table Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions”