SHARK FIN HOOPS CBA PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS: 1 – 10

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With the CBA set to start on Sunday, November 1st, CBA teams are gearing up for another season of wall-to-wall basketball. Having dealt with the bottom half of the league last week, now its time to look at the teams who will be expected to compete for play-off sports and ultimately vie for the title itself.

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Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20

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With the Chinese Basketball Association starting on November 1st, basketball in the country is starting to slowly come back to life. By now teams have filled their rosters with free agents from both inside and outside of China and its now probably the best time to assess the quality of each of the twenty teams in the newly expanded league. This of course being China, fortunes can change very quickly for some organizations depending on the overseas players they brought in (or didn’t) and which local players managed to improve over the summer break. In the first of two segments, its time to look at the bottom half of the league based on the information that’s been available for much of the last couple of months. Continue reading “Shark Fin Hoops CBA Preseason Power Rankings: 11 – 20”

Foshan Long Lions 118 – Shanghai Sharks 112 (OT): Hosts Come Out On Top After All-Action Thriller

It could so easily had been a Sharks victory in regular time. If Gilbert Arenas had polished off the easy lay-up with the score at 100-99. If Arenas hadn’t then fouled Shavlik Randolph despite having no fouls to give and sent him to the free-throw line. If the Sharks hadn’t then allowed the homeside to claim an offense rebound and give themselves a one point lead. If Liu Ziqiu had nailed both of his subsequent trips to the charity strip. Shanghai had their chances, they just didn’t take them. Continue reading “Foshan Long Lions 118 – Shanghai Sharks 112 (OT): Hosts Come Out On Top After All-Action Thriller”

Shanghai Sharks 91 – Dongguan Leopards 100: Shanghai Fades Away In Contentious Home Loss

File this one under ‘close but no cigar’. The Shanghai Sharks kept it close up until the final few minutes of the game but eventually were overwhelmed by a cunning Dongguan team who matched the home side basket for basket until the time came for them to pull ahead. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 91 – Dongguan Leopards 100: Shanghai Fades Away In Contentious Home Loss”

Qingdao Eagles 103 – Shanghai Sharks 91: Eagles Go Wild In Second Half Demolition Job

The Shanghai Sharks crumbled on the road in embarrassing circumstances against a one-dimensional Qingdao team that were already missing their best player- Tracy McGrady- through suspension. In a half empty stadium in Shandong province, the Sharks took a double-digit lead only to lose it after the interval following an outbreak of Hollywood shooting from two Qingdao wing players and a one-man assault from their American center. Continue reading “Qingdao Eagles 103 – Shanghai Sharks 91: Eagles Go Wild In Second Half Demolition Job”