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CBA meets CNY: Centers take center stage

ezhejiang.gov.cn| Updated: February 6, 2024 L M S

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Zhejiang Golden Bulls center Yu Jiahao and Qingdao Eagles center Yang Hansen wrestle to grab a rebound in the 37th round of the Chinese Basketball Association regular season on Feb 1. [Photo/Tide News]

As the Chinese New Year approaches, the Zhejiang Golden Bulls emerged victorious against the Qingdao Eagles, claiming an 114-102 win at their home turf in Keqiao district, Shaoxing, on Feb 1.

In the first half, the Golden Bulls relied heavily on the offensive prowess of young center Yu Jiahao and foreign guard Jarmar Gulley, securing a 4-point lead at halftime.

However, in the third quarter, Qingdao Eagles' center Yang Hansen led a comeback by scoring 10 points alone. Still, Zhejiang dominated the quarter by sinking nine three-pointers, unleashing a 35-17 run and widening the lead to double-digits.

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NBA scouts arrive in Keqiao district, Shaoxing, on Feb 1 to assess young CBA players. [Photo/Tide News]

The young centers Yu and Yang clashed in an orchestrated duel, with coaches synchronizing substitutions. Both players logged an exact 43 minutes and 59 seconds on the court. Yu delivered with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Yang countered with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.

To add a festive touch for residents in Keqiao, the district government recently introduced an enticing Chinese New Year offer – the "Free Admission to Watch the Zhejiang Golden Bulls" initiative.

In collaboration with Keqiao Media Group and the Golden Bulls, the special event aims to distribute complimentary CBA tickets to the local community, making basketball festivities accessible to all.