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Zhejiang CB v Tianjin Ronggang Game Report

Zhejiang Golden Bulls have claimed the Chinese derby, defeating the Tianjin Ronggang Gold Lions 102-93 win at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Both Golden Bulls games may have been called the Willie Warren show, but on Sunday night their entire starting five stood up to score in double figures for their only win of the Australian Basketball Challenge. Warren was their best with 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and drew 10 fouls, while Hao Jun Lai was next best with 20 and eight rebounds. Former Golden State Warrior Jeremy Tyler made a much-needed appearance for Tianjin, which finished the 2015/16 Chinese Basketball Association season 18th of 20 teams. Tyler – who was by far their best with 30 points and 13 boards – got scoring underway with a baseline jumper and it was instantly evident why he has played at the world's highest level. At 208 centimetres tall and 113 kilograms with quick feet and a 226-centimetre wingspan, the 39th NBA draft pick of 2011 is a physical specimen seldom seen outside of the two main US basketball competitions. By half-time it was neither Tyler nor fellow import Tre Kelley leading the Gold Lions, rather athletic bigman Shuai De Shi who torched ZheJiang's half-court with a soft touch and good range in a 6/8 shooting half. Meanwhile, the production of Zhejiang's sole American Warren (12 first-half points) and captain Dayu Zhang (11 first-half points on 5/5 shooting) earned them a solid 50-42 led by half-time. Sunday marked the third game in consecutive days for both Chinese teams, but the discernible drop in pace and physicality from their NBL clashes meant most players were fresh throughout. For every good Tianjin play, they committed a cardinal defensive sin, and for a stretch of five minutes they almost refused to get back on defence as the likes of Warren, Yubo Xia and Lai ran in waves off both makes and misses. Tyler upped his intensity late in the third and throughout the fourth period, throwing down multiple heavy slams and crashing the glass but he was a one-man band as the Golden Bulls found multiple sources of offence and closed out the win comfortably. ZHEJIANG GOLDEN BULLS 102 (Willie Warren 22, Hao Jun Lai 20, Bo Wen Lu 13) TIANJIN RONGGANG 93 (Jeremy Tyler 30, Shuai De Shi 18, Tre Kelley 16) BOX SCORE
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