By Andrew Crawford
Foshan’s Gerald Green launching a jump shot, past the reaches of Shanghai’s Meng Lingyuan.
We came, we saw, we lost. Again.
Once more the Sharks hustled, fought and played good defense, and once more Shanghai finds themselves on the losing side. The Sharks have lost their third straight road game to begin the season at 0-3, after falling 102-98 against the Foshan Longlions.
Gerald Green, the source of more than one jib by yours truly due to the bizarre focus he receives via winning a novelty competition almost five years ago, came good in this one. The forward handled his business on the court like a real All-Star and ultimately was the deciding factor in Foshan, dropping 41 points in a swaggering, all-action display.
There wasn’t much to separate the teams in the first three quarters, and accurate shooting from both sides meant that neithier team could pull away.
Enter the fourth quarter where things got interesting. Shanghai built up a lead, only to lose it in slow and agonizing fashion as Green and his Foshan cohorts ate away at the deficit. With a little under three minutes left, Green nailed a booming dunk to send the Foshan crowd into a frenzy. It was on. Shanghai knew it and wilted under the pressure. A long range shot from downtown by Green was enough to do it, as the Sharks drifted off into another frustrating defeat.
Coach Panaggio looked pissed, and Liu Wei looked crest-fallen. It was a tough reminder that only the full-time score counts and yet again, the Sharks found their hopes dashed at the end. Liu put up 30 points, Mike Harris got 18, while Ryan Kelly and Peng Fei looked lively and full of zip. However, the only stat that people will care about now is 0-3, as Shanghai continues to look for their first win of the season.
Andrew Crawford is a blogger for sharkfinhoops.com, the only English website about the fortunes of the Shanghai Sharks.