Chinese Basketball Association: Sichuan Blue Whales Avenged Initial Loss Rout Guangdong Southern Tigers in Second Meeting
Defending champions Sichuan Blue Whales got their revenge over the team of the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the 26th round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
Iranian big man Hamed Haddadi and Chinese guard Huang Rongqi both have a spectacular double-double game performance to lead Sichuan in avenging their 100-93 loss to the Feng Du-headed squad in the seventh round of the season last November 2016 with a remarkable 130-109 victory.
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According to EuroBasket, the 17-year-old Huang had game-highs 30 points and 17 rebounds, while the veteran Haddadi poured in 25 markers and 13 boards. The two Blue Whales players also posted a combined 13 assists and four steals during the game.
Local talents Meng Da and Wang Ruheng finished the game with 22 points and 11 points, respectively, for the winning team, who forced the Southern Tigers to commit 41 team fouls.
The Blue Whales have a lot of their total point production obtained from the stripe with a 40-56 shooting from the free throw line, while the opposing side only went to the foul line 21 times and only made 10 points from the charity line.
Former NBA player Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 11 rebounds to paced Guangdong, which played without Chinese superstar Yi Jianlian. Zhou Peng added with 19 markers, while American import Donald Sloan was limited to just 10 points.
With the victory, the Blue Whales improved to a better 14-12 to remain in the ninth place in the team standings and with 12 games remaining in their regular season. Sichuan remains to hold a chance in making it to the playoffs.
Basing from the match result in NowGoal, the winners dominated the first three quarters and established a comfortable 30-point lead, 99-69. With a huge edge on hand, Sichuan played the final period with ease and seal the victory.
The Blue Whales will be facing the sixth-ranked Shenzhen New Century Leopards in the next round.