"Our opponents did well on making shots at the start. This is our second match of the season, and we hope to improve through each game," said Zhejiang coach Gu Jiaqing.
Head coach Li Tie expressed gratitude for the CSL clubs and the players' participation. "They have endured intensive games and training for 70 days, which was very tough, but they made it through. I myself once took part in a lot of training camps with the national team and I understand they might want to spend more time with their family during the break," he said.
With the pandemic under control in China, sports events like the Carnival returned, which in turn gave a further boost for people's confidence across the country to restore normal life.
Having to address international obligations set up by UEFA, Loew announced that he would use the unpleasant games to test new faces. Newcomers such as Mahmoud Dahoud (Dortmund), Florian Neuhaus, and Jonas Hofmann (both Moenchengladbach) are likely among the squad to be fielded.
Luo Xinyu bagged 18 points for Jiangsu, who also got 14 points apiece from Xu Chenyan and Jiang Jiayin.
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The Tokyo Diving World Cup was originally scheduled to be staged from April 21 to 26 but was postponed to June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the global situation still severe, the biennial diving tournament has been postponed again to April 18-23 next year.
The five-time SBL champion Inter Bratislava, who was to grab its sixth before the pandemic forced the season to end prematurely without a champion crowned, put on a solid start in Lucenec, leading by three points after the introductory period but the home team turned things up a notch and won all the remaining periods under the leadership of the American guard Dominique Hawkins who led the scoring department with 27 points.
Jiangsu took to attacking the basket from the paint early on, before going up 20-9 on a 14-0 surge.
Dongguan started the last quarter with Shen bagging five straight points, followed by Zhang Dongxia's shot from the 3-pointer zone. Powered by Dilana and Shen, Dongguan built an eight-point lead with 1:39 on the clock, and their win was assured by Wang Zhen's three-pointer with 39 seconds remaining.
"I'm very happy. It was a great match, I didn't make any mistakes. Casper is a really great player, very attractive to play, I think there were many good rallies, it was a good match from both of us," said the recently-crowned US Open champion.