Shanghai Sharks:- CBA Summer League

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)

 

Tianjin Lions 85 – Shanghai Sharks 89: Clutch Landry Rescues Shanghai At The Death

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.

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Shanghai Sharks 89 – Bayi Rockets 77: Relentless Sharks Bounce Back With Vital Home Win

The Shanghai Sharks came roaring back from their two recent losses on the road with a commanding victory over the Bayi Rockets. The once all-conquering powerhouse of Chinese basketball looked a frail version of their former selves and a young, confident Sharks side dismantled their guests with ease. With other results going their way, the Sharks now move up to seventh place in the CBA table as the season continues to go down to the wire. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 89 – Bayi Rockets 77: Relentless Sharks Bounce Back With Vital Home Win”

CBA Web Chat VI: Shanghai, Guangsha In Trouble, Xinjiang Heating Up And Zaid Abbas Mouthing Off

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.

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Shanghai Sharks 110 – Dongguan Leopards 97: Harris’ Hot Hand Destroys Visitors

For now at least, normal service at the Yuanshen has been resumed as the Shanghai Sharks eased to victory over the Dongguan Leopards. Mike Harris returned to the line-up after the death of his brother and conjured up a sensation performance to help Shanghai beat their guests, 110-97. The Sharks keep their winning record going into the New Year break and now stand at 13-11 with eight games to go in the regular season. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 110 – Dongguan Leopards 97: Harris’ Hot Hand Destroys Visitors”

Shanghai Sharks 85 – Guangdong Tigers 101: Singleton Stars As Ruthless Guangdong Rout Sharks

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”

Scouting Report: Guangdong Tigers

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”

Jilin Tigers 95 – Shanghai Sharks 82: Red Hot Daghles Leads Tigers To Victory

Well I guess it was going to happen eventually but having seen the Sharks overcome Guangsha Lions in heroic fashion on Sunday, I was expecting Shanghai to make it to Friday with their winning streak intact before maybe losing it to Liaoning or Guangdong, but evidently Osama Daghles didn’t get the memo and took centre stage in a swaggering takedown of the Sharks. The Jordanian put up a triple-double on his way to leading the Tigers to a 95-82 win and Jilin were good value for their win. Continue reading “Jilin Tigers 95 – Shanghai Sharks 82: Red Hot Daghles Leads Tigers To Victory”

Shanghai Sharks 94 – Guangsha Lions 88

In a gripping, pulsating match that finished 94-88, the Shanghai Sharks beat the Guangsha Lions in a gritty defensive effort that once again neutralized Wilson Chandler. A collective effort on defense paved the way for Mike Harris to once again steal the show going forward but it doesn’t matter how the game was won but rather that the Sharks improbable run of form continues.

Shanghai were ahead by a distance as early as the first quarter when the misfiring Lions offence failed to make an impact against the away side, who rebounded and chased Guangsha down at every chance they got.

With Liu Wei dictating the play every time the Sharks advanced, the away side took their chances and snuck into the second quarter up by a 25-11 margin.

Yet if Chandler was one problem for the Sharks to address, the towering center PJ Ramos was another and the Puerto Rican giant helped stretch the Shanghai defence to the extend that the dangerous Jin Lipeng had the freedom to start launching threes at the Shanghai basket.

When the sides left the court at the interval, the score line was 49-40 to the Sharks as tough defending and crisp shooting from Harris allowed to keep ahead of an increasing menacing Guangsha offense.

Though the Sharks still had the lead by a sizeable distance, the game never felt  secure and it always felt like the home side could break down the Shanghai defence if the latter lost their focus for just a second.

Yet not only did the Sharks hold their nerve, they continued to keep the scoreboard moving thanks to the constantly clutch shooting of Harris.

Somehow the Sharks were still leading the game after going ahead in the first couple of minutes and as the game slipped into the closing stages, Shanghai were content to run the clock down infront of the increasing panicked home crowd.

A win, sealed in emphatic fashion by Marcus Landry huge heave from distance, keeps the Sharks winning streak alive and also means a play off spot remains a real possibility.

Harris made a game high 29 points but the win against the Lions was pure teamwork and the Sharks will now move into their next away game against Jilin with sky high confidence.