Li Gen (R) of Beijing Royal Fighters passes the ball during the 12th round match between Jiangsu Dragons and Beijing Royal Fighters at the 2020-2021 season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Zhuji, east China's Zhejiang Province, Nov. 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)
The Beijing Royal Fighters smashed the Qingdao Eagles 105-92 at the CBA league.
ZHUJI, China, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Royal Fighters smashed the Qingdao Eagles 105-92 on the opening day of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league's second stage here on Wednesday.
Joseph Yang led Beijing with 28 points, followed by 19 from Zhang Fan. Yu Changdong had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Vladimir Stimac contributed 25 points and 16 rebounds for Qingdao. Wang Qingming added 14, and Lin Weihan and Zhao Dapeng had 11 points apiece.
Beijing led Qingdao 55-34 at the break before Beijing embarked on a 11-1 run in the third quarter to expand the lead to 29 points. Qingdao narrowed the deficit to 23 but Beijing answered with a 6-2 run to put the game beyond reach.
"The guys are super aggressive. They played with a lot of energy at both ends of the court. They came out with great focus. They've still got to learn how to play at the end of the game when they're up. Qingdao show great spirit to continue to fight back no matter what," said Beijing head coach Stephon Marbury. ■