Shandong Lions 102 – Shanghai Sharks 80: Ruthless Lions Dispatch Visitors In Style

Former Sharks hero Zaid Abbas flirted with a triple double on the way to scoring a game high 23 points as well as racking up 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The Jordanian was a force to be reckoned with whenever he was out on the floor and made the Sharks pay almost everytime he found space for himself in the paint. Continue reading “Shandong Lions 102 – Shanghai Sharks 80: Ruthless Lions Dispatch Visitors In Style”

CBA Web Chat: McGrady’s One-Man Show, Super Shandong And The Tragic Case Of Congo Cash

With the CBA season now underway, its time to once again acknowledge the good, the bad and the ugly moments of Chinese basketball with Niubball head honcho Jon Pastuzek.  Topics for discussion this time include Qingdao’s widely anticipated poor form, Tianjin’s entirely unexpected winning record and some lengthy talk about the Shanghai Sharks. Continue reading “CBA Web Chat: McGrady’s One-Man Show, Super Shandong And The Tragic Case Of Congo Cash”

Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout

The Shanghai Sharks recovered from a poor first quarter to run riot against a dire Jiangsu Dragons outfit. Mike Harris was dynamite once again and Coach Panaggio will be pleased at the production he got from the bench as the Sharks moved up to fifth in the CBA table. With two games left in the regular season, Shanghai have now earned themselves a playoff spot, although exactly which one it is remains to be seen. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 103 – Jiangsu Dragons 83: Playoff Bound Sharks Dismantle Visitors In Swashbuckling Rout”

Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons

The final visitors to the Yuanshen for the 2011/12 CBA season are the fallen giants from Nanjing, the Jiangsu Dragons (7-22), who have lost their way this year after almost a decade of regularly qualifying for the playoffs and will go into this fixture with a six game losing streak to their name and fighting to avoid finishing bottom of the table with three games left in the regular season.  Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jiangsu Dragons”

Jiangsu Dragons 96 – Shanghai Sharks 98

In further proof that supporting the Shanghai Sharks is bad for your health, the boys from the Yuanshen held on against a frenzied late fight back from the Jiangsu Dragons to record their second away win of the season but more impressively, have now won four out of their last five games. Coach Panaggio will be pleased with how his side kept its cool amidst the ebb and flow of gritty defense and instant fast breaks to ultimately dismantle an underperforming but still dangerous Dragons side. Continue reading “Jiangsu Dragons 96 – Shanghai Sharks 98”

Scouting Notes: Jiangsu Dragons

Having had an extra day to rest following their overtime loss to Zhejiang Bulls, the Shanghai Sharks remain on the road but this time will be playing against the vastly underperforming Jiangsu Dragons.

Though Shanghai are hardly setting the CBA on fire, their mid table target were considerably lower than the Dragons, who had ambitions of making the play-offs once again following a successful 19-12 finish last season. Instead the team from Nanjing find themselves in free fall and currently sit at the bottom of the table with a 3-10 record along with the Tianjin Lions.

This was not part of the plan for a side who were semi-finalists in last year’s tournament. The team have already released one set of overseas players, Marty Collins and  Dan Gadzuric, and retooled their line-up with Marcus Williams and Jackson Vroman, but this has still not helped the situation and the Dragons have lost their last three games.

Shanghai will arrive as guests against a side whose overal record is terrible but do have a 3-5 record when playing infront of their home crowd. That said, the Sharks have won three out of the last four games as well as pushing a championship contender all the way before running out of gas in overtime.

Jiangsu’s yet-to-settle Americans duo of Vroman and Williams will be dangerous, as will the willy trio of Hu Xuefeng, Meng Da and Li Yi but the Sharks must show their ruthless streak against a side that have clearly lost their way so far this season. The Sharks could be considered the favorite for this game and now have to play like it against a disorientated side that are here for the taking