CBA All-Star Game: Starting Line Up Announced- Liu, Zhang, Harris Fail To Make The Cut

So there was no change from my earlier post on Sunday concerning the CBA All-Star balloting. The final results were announced yesterday and the names I mentioned then remain as the starters, meaning that none of the nominated Sharks players (Liu Wei, Zhang Zhaoxu and Mike Harris) got through. Stephon Marbury and JR Smith have made their respective divisional teams while the popular Wang Zhizhi, who retires this season after the 2012 Olympics, tops the voting and will go to his seventh CBA All-Star game (he previously made it in 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) . Overall, 1,072,858 votes were cast according to the official CBA website.

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CBA All-Star Game: Last Day To Vote!

With the CBA All- Star voting to end tonight and the results due to be announced tomorrow ( February 6th), the balloting has changed things once again with regard to who is in the starting line-up for the CBA’s big regular season event. The grand old men of Chinese basketball, Mengke Bateer and Wang Zhizhi have kept their places although Marbury and JR Smith have returned to the fore after last week’s voting. As it stands, there isn’t a Shanghai player to make the starting line-up, things could change in the next few hours but here are things as they stand. Continue reading “CBA All-Star Game: Last Day To Vote!”

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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CBA All-Star Game: Week Five Update

A lot has changed in the All Star voting since the Week Three balloting numbers were reveled. Having been unable to find last week’s numbers anywhere, the current figures from Week Five released by the CBA’s official website make for interesting reading as they revel a surge of voting for the local players. Interestingly, there hasn’t been an increase of votes for either Zhang Zhaoxu or Sharks’/Chinese national team captain,  Liu Wei, although I’m pleased to see Mengke Bateer, who is up there with Tseng Wen-ting as my favourite CBA player, has kept his place.

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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 93 – Tianjin Lions 81

Infront of a sparse crowd, the Shanghai Sharks handled their business with a minimum of fuss and dispatched a bland Tianjin Lions via the hot hands of Ryan Forehan Kelly and Mike Harris. Just as crucially, the Sharks have now earned themselves an 8-8 record at the halfway point of the CBA season.

An flu-addled Shanghai team squad took a while to get going and when they did, it was predictably through the shooting of Forehan Kelly, who made a breezy 10 points by the end of a first quarter that Shanghai narrowly edged 18-17.

An increasingly confident Sharks team began to pull ahead once the second quarter was underway. Meng Lingyuan, Liu Wei and Tseng Wen-ting all had time to drop hefty three pointers and by halftime, Tianjin were already starting to look lost and went in at the break down, 47-38.

Save for Darnell Harvey and Zhang Nan, the Lions lacked any real offensive firepower and the deficit quickly began to drift into double figures after the interval. With the Lions now backed into a corner, Harris reveled in his role as Tianjin’s chief tormentor, scoring freely and opening up space for his team mates to join in the fun as well.

The final quarter quickly became garbage time as Coach Panaggio gave his bench guys the chance to play some minutes. However, Harris and Forehan Kelly remained on the court as insurance and the two Americans continued to dine on the lethargy of the away side, and both men calmly eased their way into 20-point hauls.

When the final buzzer arrived to spare Tianjin any more punishment, the scoreboard was stuck at 93-81. Despite winning their last three games, it was exactly what the Lions deserved after such a lifeless performance. Harris picked up 27 points and 11 rebounds whilst RFK made 24 in a game that Panaggio described as ‘a necessary win’.

Qingdao Eagles will now be the next team to visit the Yuanshen. The Sharks, now 6-1 at home, will be looking for revenge against their guests after an embarrassing away defeat back in October. Going 9-8 on Friday night would be a remarkable way to finish off 2011.

Picture: Sina Sport

Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions

The Lions, though traditionally inept (in the previous three seasons, the Lions have a 29/98 record), have been on a bit of a hot streak recently, winning their last three games against Qingdao, Shandong and Foshan. Indeed, round 16’s 108-93 blow-out win against the Dralions was their first away win of the season and now the ‘Golden Lions’ have pulled away from the basement of the CBA with a 5-10 record (1-7 on the road).  Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tianjin Lions”

CBA Round Up: Round 3

Xinjiang Tigers 111 – Bayi Rockets 92

Patrick Mills made 28 points including two three-pointers whilst Kenyon Martin made a low-key 12 points but with 12 rebounds and 4 assists as Xinjiang overcame boo-hiss military bad boys, Bayi. Mengke Bateer also got 19 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists as the Tigers made short work of their opposition, who committed 23 turnovers over the course of the game.

Zhejiang Bulls 113-98 Fujian Sturgons

Once again, Josh Boone was the man for Zhejiang, making 17-19 from the floor as the Bulls eased past Fujian with JR Smith putting up 20 points and four assists in another under-the-radar performance .

Anthony Robson made 45 points for Fujian including 7 three-pointers and 6 rebounds in feisty performance that kept the score respectable but ultimately the game belong to Zhejiang who did what they needed to do infront of their home fans.

Other Standout Results

  • Lester Hudson continued to be unstoppable, this time putting up a whopping 50 points for Qingdao, who still managed to lose to Jilin 104-101.
  • Marty Collins scored 28, Hu Xuefeng got 20 and Yi Li made 22 as part of a solid team performance with Jiangsu beating a determined Dongguan Guangdong outfit that committed 22 team fouls. Josh Akognon made 25 points himself for the Leopards but Jiangsu picked up their first win of the season.
  • The reigning champions, Guangdong, lost their first game of the season and obviously Stephon Marbury has some fun in proceedings, making 18 points and dishing out 8 assists to boot. Ji Zhe and Zhu Yanxi also made 18 points as the Ducks did the business in a somewhat unexpected victory against Guangdong, 104-92.
  • Wilson Chandler put on another show, assembling a double-double that consisted of 42 points and 10 rebounds to give the his team something to smile about after a loss on the road to Shandong, 97-89. Othello Hunter’s own double-double of 27 points and nineteen rebounds, plus Sun Jie’s three-point laden 24 was key for the Dragons, who improve to 3-0.
 Round 3 Results
Zhejiang 113-98 Fujian
Shandong 97-89 Guangsha
Foshan 102-98 Shanghai
Tianjin 93-76 Liaoning
Guangdong 92-104 Beijing
Jiangsu 103-96 Dongguan
Jilin 104-101 Qingdao
Xinjiang, 111-92 Bayi

CBA Round Up: Round 2

Zhejiang Bulls 101 – Dongguan Leopards 73

J.R. Smith turned in a workmanlike performance as Zhejiang Bulls did away with Dongguan Leopards 101-73. Josh Boone put up 24 points including a couple of crowd pleasing dunks, and 13 rebounds,  whilst Smith, now returned from his brief elopement to Beijing scored a modest 15 points plus five assists and six rebounds.

Forward Cao Fei also got in on the act, scoring 21 points and the Bulls can be pleased with a clinical dismantling of a Dongguan side that posed little threat to Zhejiang attempts to get their opening win of the season at the second time of asking. Continue reading “CBA Round Up: Round 2”

CBA Round Up: Round 1

Shangdong Lions:93 – Foshan Dralions 79

Gerald Green scored 18 points in a losing effort as his Foshan Dralions lost at home to Shandong 93-79. The former Boston Celtic made  was 3/6 from field goals and 3/9 at three-point attempt, also dished out two assists, but crucially failed to dunk at all, presumably to the absolute horror of every Chinese basketball media outlet who have been contractually obliged to remind readers that he won the 2007 Slam Dunk contest at every chance they get.

Swingman Alan Anderson also put up 18 points for Shandong as well as six rebounds and three assists as the former Michigan State player helped the Jinan outfit dispatch their hosts. Sun Jie also made 14 points including four from downtown, whilst Sui Ran made (12 points), Li Lin (11 points) and Othello Hunter (11) also joined made it into double digits. Hunter was generally large and in charge throughout, as the former Ohio State power forward helped himself to 21 rebounds over the course of the game.

Guangsha Lions: 115 – Tianjin Golden Lions:113

Wilson Chandler exploded onto the CBA with an imperious 43 points, 22 rebounds and four assists in a fifty minute spell that will confirm his status as the unofficial king of Hangzhou. A high scoring affair throughout, Guangsha seemed content to sit back and let their marque name do his thing and the former Denver Nugget did just that, making 18-of-32 field goals including two powerful dunks. Tianjin’s Zhang Nan tried to keep pace with the American but tonight was Chandler’s show and a A-list performance from Guangsha forward sealed the deal for his side and helped his side see off an unexpectedly plucky opposition. Continue reading “CBA Round Up: Round 1”