Source: China State Council Information Office
The Jiangsu Dragons took a narrow 110-106 victory over the Tianjin Pioneers to snap a six-game skid in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Friday.
Jiangsu also extended its winning streak against Tianjin to 12 matches, with its latest head-to-head defeat dating back to Dec. 23, 2015.
It was a see-saw battle throughout. Shi Hongfei grabbed an offensive rebound and drew a foul with 6.3 seconds remaining. The 27-year-old guard converted both free throws that earned a much-awaited win for Jiangsu.
Shi finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. The international duo of Dezmine Wells and Devin Williams combined for 51 points.
Jiangsu had a 10-0 spurt early in the first quarter, but Tianjin answered with eight points in a row shortly afterwards. Huang Rongqi hit a three-pointer, and Wu Yujia followed with a fast break layup, guiding Jiangsu to a 37-27 lead after the first quarter.
Tianjin rode on a 33-19 second quarter to turn the tide, and maintained its advantage heading into the final frame.
However, Marko Todorovic, who pocketed a game-high 35 points and 11 boards, fouled out early in the last period, and Tianjin had to swallow its fourth consecutive defeat.
“We had a bad first half, but made timely adjustments after the interval. I’m happy that we fought through today, and this type of game will help young players progress,” said Jiangsu coach Li Nan.
He Siyu bagged 18 points for Tianjin, which saw 13 points apiece from Tian Ye and Shi Deshuai.
“We didn’t deal with it well in the last seconds, giving opponents too many free throws. On the offensive end, we didn’t have right execution,” Tianjin coach Liu Tie rued.
Jiangsu will face the Shandong Heroes on Sunday when Tianjin takes on the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.