Three semifinal berths secured after Game 3 of CBA playoffs' first round
BEIJING, Mar 03, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Regular season top three Guangdong
Hongyuan, Shandong Gold and Beijing Ducks have all swept into the
semifinals after Game 3 of the first round of Chinese Basketball
Association league (CBA) playoffs on Sunday.
Guangdong Hongyuan defeated Zhejiang Chouzhou at home by
109-86. Five players of Guangdong had double-figure points. Yi
Jianlian led all players with 26 points and seven rebounds. Ike
Diogu had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Obviously Guangdong players made better preparation for the
game as they used a 18-0 run to build a 33-14 lead after the first
Guangdong continued to extend the margin beyond 20 points as
Zhou Peng, who pocketed 16 points in this game, made two free
throws. Zhejiang Chouzhou once cut the deficit a little with Wang
Nan's 3-pointer, while a 51-38 lead seemed a long way to go for
them into halftime and they never came back into the game in the
Thanks to Pooh Jeter's 28 points, seven rebounds and seven
assists, Shandong Gold made into the semifinals for the first time
over past eleven years with a 110-95 home victory over Dongguan
Marco Polo. Promising star Dingyan Yuhang helped with 22 points.
Shandong paved the way for victory in the first quarter with a
14-0 run. The 62.5% shooting percentage helped them earn a 52-36
lead as the first half ran out.
Dongguan's Lester Hudson, who scored a game-high 33 points, led
his team to rally from a relatively large deficit, only to see
their effort erased by Jeter and Zaid Abbass' consecutive
Foreign duo Stephon Marbury and Randolph Morris became the
heroes again for defending champions Beijing Ducks as they
welcomed a 101-87 win over sixth seed Zhejiang Guangsha. Former
NBA star Marbury handed a double-double performance of 18 points
and 10 assists, and Morris contributed a game-high 38 points and
However, Beijing's coach Min Lulei seemed kind of dissatisfied
with Marbury's performance in this series. "Other guys live up to
my expectation in this series, while Marbury's performace still
has room for improvement. We have much communication before, and
he is determined to get back as soon as possible," he said.
In Sunday's another match, Xinjiang Guanghui led the series by
2-1 as they downed Liaoning Hengye 112-89.
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