The Xinjiang Tigers tore the visiting Shanghai Sharks apart in what resembled less of a basketball game and more of a beat down. James Singleton, now in his fourth year in China and his third with the Tigers, confirmed that he remains one of the best two-way players in the CBA by picking up a haul of 32 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
The Sharks never scored more than eighteen points in a quarter and were relentlessly harried by Xinjiang into committing twenty-five turnovers during the game. Lester Hudson, who has torched the Sharks at least once a season whilst playing for Qingdao and Dongguan also went 29 + 6 with 5 steals. The stocky point guard led the Tigers on a 16 point run during the first half and there was nothing the Sharks could do to stop it.
In their game summaries, Sohu Sport gushed over Xinjang, calling their performance ‘wonderful’ whilst Sina dismissed the Sharks as ‘disinterested’ and the game as ‘a bloodbath’. Their highlights package tellingly stopped showing footage after the second quarter. Uruqi has always been a tough place for the Sharks to play and after a bad day at the office, the visitors will be looking forward to their flight back home to Shanghai.
To some up that performance…ouch.
The Shanghai Sharks have finalized their overseas roster with the signing of power forward Darnell Jackson, who had recently been released by the Indiana Pacers. The 6″9, 253lb big man is a relatively experienced overseas player, having spent two seasons out of America with BC Donetsk of the Ukranian Super League and the CBA’s very own Xinjiang Tigers.
After four years of college hoops with Kansas, Jackson was picked by Miami with the fifty-second pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Traded that same day to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jackson had a handful of appearances with the Cavs during the last two seasons of the LeBron James era. He was last in the NBA in the 2011/12 season, where he played in fifty-nine games for the Sacramento Kings before spending time with the Reno Big Horns in the D-League. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks Sign Darnell Jackson”
Von Wafer, a former of teammate of Sharks owner Yao Ming in Houston, has been announced as a Shanghai player today after a week of protracted negotiations. Wafer will start at shooting guard and sets up the prospect of an all-action backcourt between himself and Liu Wei (should the latter be able to maintain fitness throughout the season) Continue reading “Von Wafer Signs In Shanghai”
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”
For tonight at least, Lady Luck favours the Shanghai Sharks. The visiting team hung on to beat their traditionally formidable hosts after another strong showing from DJ White, who led his team to their second victory in a row in sensational style. Continue reading “Xinjiang Tigers 95 – Shanghai Sharks 99: White Tames Tigers In Tense Road Win”
The CBA fixture list has indeed landed and the Sharks 2012/13 schedule is right here and waiting for you. However, as we wait for the season to really swing into gear, it’s probably worth looking over the games that will be played at the Yuanshen Arena and recommending eight good ones to mark down in your calendar. Continue reading “Unmissable: The Eight Sharks Home Games You Need To See This Season”
With regular web-chatter, Ned Bothfeld out of the country, Niubball head honcho and all-round Chinese basketball sage, Jon Pastuszek steps in from the cold Chinese winter for a monster discussion on Starbury’s triple-double, who is and isn’t going to be playing in the CBA post season and discussing some memorable matches so far this season. Continue reading “Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury”
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”
Uh-oh. The Guangdong Tigers are in town and they sure mean business. The defending champions since the 2007-2008 season (!), are arriving in the Yuanshen on a six game winning streak overall (!), are averaging 103ppg away from home(!) and are on a three game winning streak on the road having put on 41 points in the fourth quarter to dispose of Tianjin in the previous game (!). Continue reading “Scouting Report: Guangdong Tigers”