Shenzhen infighting offers narrow victory to Shanghai – Xinhua

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Players battle for the ball between Shanghai Sharks and Shenzhen Aviators during the 2021-22 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season in Nanchang, east China’s Jiangxi Province ), April 8, 2022. (Xinhua/Hu Chenhuan)

The Shanghai Sharks beat the Shenzhen Aviators 120-118 to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three 2021-22 CBA Playoff quarterfinals.

NANCHANG, China, April 8 (Xinhua) — The Shanghai Sharks on Friday defeated the Shenzhen Aviators 120-118 in the best of three quarterfinals of the 2021-2022 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) playoffs. ).

Wang Zhelin had a game-high 27 points and 16 rebounds, followed by Noah Vonleh’s 22 points.

Shanghai opened the game with a 5-0 run, but Shenzhen quickly came back to level the score 14-14. Going into the second quarter at 24-21, Shenzhen rode a 13-1 run to lead the first half 55-46.

Wang and Luo Hanchen joined hands to help Shanghai narrow the deficit to 83-81 in the final period. Both teams changed their lead until the last minute when Wang secured the victory for Shanghai with his free throws.

Elsewhere, the Zhejiang Lions beat the Jilin Northeast Tigers 93-84 as Zhejiang power forward Jarrod Jones scored 15 points and 13 rebounds.

After an up and down battle in the first quarter, Jilin took a 24-22 lead. Jones stood out with an aggressive offense in the second quarter collecting 10 points for Zhejiang. When Feng Xin failed in a three-point shot, Zhejiang fought back to lead 50-42 at halftime.

Jiang Zewei’s 3-pointers and Jiang Yuxing’s under the basket shots helped Jilin close the gap to six in the final two minutes. Facing pressure from Jiang’s doubles, Jones hit a critical three-pointer when he returned to the court to seal the victory for Zhejiang.

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