Guangdong crowns in China's seventh CBA championship

10:04, April 29, 2011      

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The sixth game of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) finals was held in Urumqi of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on the evening of April 27. Guangdong triumphed over the home team Xinjiang Guanghui with a 103-93 victory and won the CBA championship with a 4-2 series win, according to the China News Service on April 27.

This is the seventh time in eight years that the Guangdong Dongguan Bank basketball team has lifted the trophy that symbolizes the highest honor of the CBA League. Xinjiang Guanghui has reached the CBA finals for three consecutive years. However, it has always been defeated by Guangdong to be the runner-up.

There were great changes in the Xinjiang Guanghui team this season compared with the previous two seasons. It introduced two former players from the National Basketball Association (NBA) with large amounts of money, and the team strength was significantly increased. Xinjiang finished first in the regular season, which gave them home advantage over their rivals throughout the playoffs and the finals.

During the season, Xinjiang played very well all the way to the finals. In the regular season, they won 31 games and lost only one, and went undefeated on their home court. During the playoffs, they defeated Beijing and Jiangsu, and just as people expected, they faced off against Guangdong in the finals. They defeated Guangdong away in the first match of the finals and gained a dream start. However back on its home court, Xinjiang was defeated by the powerful and experienced Guangdong. After three games, Xinjiang led the series 2-1 but then lost the next two games. Xinjiang did not lose their fighting spirit despite trailing in the series and leaving them no room to retreat because Guangdong was holding the series in their hands.

The fourth match was extremely fierce and both teams outscored their opponents several times. In the key fourth quarter, Guangdong showed its real strength and scored several three-point shots, extending its lead to more than 10 points and finally won the match.

The CBA was established in 1995. In the past 16 seasons, only three teams have won the championship. Of the three, Bayi and Guangdong have won 15 of the 16 titles. Led by Yao Ming, Shanghai won the crown in 2002. During this season, Xinjiang was considered as the most promising competitor to be the fourth ever championship team. However, it did not succeed.

By People's Daiily Online

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