Shanghai Sharks 89 – Guangsha Lions 93: Late Show From Lions Critical In Controversial Road Win

The Shanghai Sharks narrowly came up short in a gritty street fight that saw both teams go hard at one another but ultimately was decided by a critical fourth quarter in which Guangsha outscored the hosts by ten points amid some questionable refereeing calls. Continue reading “Shanghai Sharks 89 – Guangsha Lions 93: Late Show From Lions Critical In Controversial Road Win”

Gilbert Arenas Deselected From Sharks’ Playing Roster, Ryan Forehan-Kelly To Take His Place

In a sensational new development, Gilbert Arenas has been temporarily deselected from the Shanghai Sharks after the former NBA All-Star point guard’s injury problems showed no signs of ending. In his place comes Ryan Forehan-Kelly, who played for the Sharks in the 2011/12 season until an ACL injury on New Year’s Day meant that he was cut from the team and replaced by Marcus Landry. Continue reading “Gilbert Arenas Deselected From Sharks’ Playing Roster, Ryan Forehan-Kelly To Take His Place”

Coach Panaggio Post Season Interview

Whilst there is still CBA basketball being played, the 2011/12 season has obviously ended for the Shanghai Sharks. Although the players are now having enjoy some hard earned holiday, Sharks coach, Daniel Panaggio, remains in Shanghai, working with the club’s youth teams. With those very players going through their drills in the background, Coach Panaggio was kind enough to give his thoughts on the Shanxi series, the development of the Sharks’emerging young players and what will be waiting for the squad from their break in a few weeks. Continue reading “Coach Panaggio Post Season Interview”

Voices From The Stands: Thoughts On The Regular Season And Beyond

Having shared their thoughts at the midway point of the regular season, Small Yellow Fish‘s Li and Du return- along with Wang Y and Wang X- to talk about the Sharks playoff chances, the CBA All-Star game but also look forward to a pulsating series with Shanxi that starts tonight in Shanghai. Continue reading “Voices From The Stands: Thoughts On The Regular Season And Beyond”

Web Chat V: Play-Offs, CBA All-Stars And The Magic Of Marbury

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”

The Road To The Play Offs: Shanghai’s Last Ten Games

With the Sharks at 12-10 coming into their last ten games, the Shanghai Daily’s basketball writer,  Alex Linder, dropped by to bravely speculate on the fortunes of the city’s team as they enter the final-third of the season among the play-off places. The Sharks will be playing seven of the CBA’s top teams (at the time of writing) and so effectively every game is a decisive fixture- not only for Shanghai’s season but also for the other sides in a congested play-off battle. Continue reading “The Road To The Play Offs: Shanghai’s Last Ten Games”

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.