"We had a good start in each set, but in the second set, when one of the opponents left the court with an injury, I felt our players relaxed a bit mentally. Then I asked for a time out to prevent our team from losing ground. There is no doubt that we played well in the last two sets," said Tianjin head coach Wang Baoquan.
Shaanxi can still find positives despite the loss, as Yu Jiarui, in her second year, shot 11 of 22 from the field to post a career-high 35 points.
Dominic Thiem of Austria hits a return during the men's singles quarterfinal match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina at the French Open tennis tournament 2020 at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2020. (Photo by Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua)
Shanxi took over early in the second quarter, constantly attacking the basket through Fu and Liu in the paint, but Hebei soon charged back with a 9-0 run. Shanxi piled up a 43-38 lead at the break.
Beijing, whose national team duo of Shao Ting and Gao Song had joined Sichuan during the offseason, lost to Jiangsu on Thursday. They regained a fine form on Sunday, with four players' double-figure points leading the way. Qi Yu posted a game-high 20 points. Shi Xiufeng and Qi Site chipped in 14 and 13 respectively.
The arrival of the national quartet of Li, Yang Liwei, Huang Sijing and Li Yuan meant Inner Mongolia, playing in the WCBA for the second year, emerged as a rising powerhouse.
"It's because I did a lot of things well. I played more aggressively than the previous days. I went to the net more often, and I hit a lot of winners," added the 12-time French Open champion, who needed only one hour and 35 minutes to see off his opponent.
In the first set, Shandong and Tianjin traded leads from the offset. After Shandong's Sun Jie left the court through injury, Tianjin leveled the score 15-15 and then took the set 25-21.
"The quality of our defense slumped in the second quarter, and they pulled away from the match. We can be better than this," Fujian coach Gong Songlin commented. Enditem
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