CBA Roundup: Multi-core Liaoning win, Zhejiang Lions and Guangzhou routed by solo performance

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BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — Liaoning beat Jilin 115-105 with 4 players scoring over 20 points in the 17th round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Sylven Landesberg’s 43 points and Joseph Young’s big triple-doubles helped Zhejiang Golden Bulls and Nanjing Monkey Kings smash their competitors respectively.

Both located in the Northeast part of China and have the same 11 wins and 5 losses record before Saturday, the match between Liaoning and Jilin was thought as a derby.

The rivals show different tactical styles in this season. Jilin rely much on Dominique Jones, which made him holding the highest match-average score 37 among all the CBA players so far in this season. However, Liaoning focus more on teamwork. Also, the Chinese players’ performance in Liaoning was outstanding on Saturday .

Guard Zhao Jiwei of Liaoning showed his talent in both scoring and passing, contributing 23 points including 5 three-pointers plus 10 assists. Brandon Bass benefited from Zhao’s good vision and got a team-high 26 points. Guo Ailun missed seven shots beyond the arc, but excelled on counterattacks and got 20 points. Lance Stephenson added 23 points.

“We got a good team win, we shared the ball well. I like the current chemistry and the flow of the game,” Liaoning coach Guo Shiqiang said.

Saturday also witnessed a provincial derby between Zhejiang Golden Bulls and Zhejiang Lions. Even though the lions have 5 players posting double-digits, they couldn’t stop Sylven Landesberg.

Landesberg grabbed 43 points in about 33 minutes, including the incredible 27 from the second quarter. Wu Qian, who hit 8 three-pointers from 11 attempts and scored 27 points in total was the hero for Golden Bulls too.

In another match, Nanjing Monkey Kings smashed Guangzhou Loong Lions 128-98 to mark the team’s biggest winning advantage in CBA.

The script of this game didn’t look like a one-side stomp when Nanjing just lead 57-53 while entering the third quarter.

But Joseph Young shot 8, including 5 three-pointers, with only 9 attempts, which almost established the team’s 30 points win by his own.

In the other game, Beijing Ducks edged Shanghai Sharks 88-87. The last 10 seconds saw Shanghai’s McCallum successfully drew a foul but missed one free throw, locking the score with an one-point pity.

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