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Moreland leads Shanxi past Zhejiang in OT in CBA
Hangzhou News   2020-12-25 14:10   Source:Xinhua

Shen Zijie (L) of Shenzhen Aviators defends against Liu Guancen of Shanxi Loongs during their game at the 2020-2021 season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Zhuji, east China's Zhejiang Province, Dec. 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

With five players scoring in double digits, the Shanxi Loongs snapped the Zhejiang Golden Bulls four-game winning streak with a 106-94 victory.

ZHUJI, China, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- With five players scoring in double digits, the Shanxi Loongs snapped the Zhejiang Golden Bulls four-game winning streak with a 106-94 victory in the 22nd round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league here on Thursday.

The game was dragged into overtime after center Zhang Dayu missed a jump shot to tie at 92-92 in regulation.

Zhejiang notched two points, shooting one of nine, while Shanxi made all five attempts in OT.

Eric Moreland led Shanxi with a game-best 23 points and 17 rebounds; Yuan Shuai contributed 19 points.

Zhejiang shot 7.41 percent from 3-pointer range. Sylven Landesberg finished with a team-best 16 points, while Wu Qian was five of 22 from the floor and scored 15 points.

"We didn't play well in this game. We had 20 more attempts than our rivals, but we lost. We only made two of 27 attempts from 3-pointer range. No team can win the match in this case," said Zhejiang head coach Liu Weiwei.

Shanxi opened the game with a 9-0 run and led 21-17 in the first quarter.

Zhejiang bounced back with a 12-5 run early in the second quarter and overtook the lead after guard Wu knocked out a 3-pointer to make it 28-26. Liu Zeyi and Nicholas Rakocevic combined for six points before Moreland made a jumper for Shanxi to lead 52-45 at the break.

Zhejiang had the game's biggest advantage of 66-54 after Chen Shuaipeng made a steal and delivered a pass to teammate Liu for a layup.

Then Shanxi answered with a 15-5 run, with six points from Ge Zhaobao to cut the deficit to two points in the third quarter.

Author:  Editor:Zhang Di
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