Chen Peidong (2nd R) of Shandong Heroes drives the ball during a match between Shandong Heroes and Jiangsu Dragons at the 2019-2020 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, July 22, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)
Five players netted double-digit points to help Shandong Heroes defeat Jiangsu Dragons 90-85 in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Wednesday.
After Jiangsu defeated Shandong two days ago, Shandong needed a win. Shandong started an 8-0 scoring run at the beginning. Both sides fell short in scoring as Shandong finished the first period 17-16.
Antonio Blakeney of Jiangsu posted 16 points in the second period, leading the team to a 43-41 comeback before the break.
As the game restarted, Tao Hanlin and Zhang Qingpeng of Shandong worked hand in hand to pull back the lead. Shandong once had a 10-point lead and the third quarter ended with 70-61.
Jiangsu managed to cut the deficit to four points. Zhang Hui of Shandong sealed the victory with a 3-pointer.
Antonio Blakeney had a game-high 31 points, but only one teammate Huang Rongqi had a double-digit score (20 points). Tao Hanlin recorded a team-high 17 points and 14 rebounds.