Ekpe Udoh fuels Beijing Ducks past Shanghai Sharks in CBA (updated)

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QINGDAO, China, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Ekpe Udoh contributed 31 points and 19 rebounds, fueling the Beijing Ducks past the Shanghai Sharks 86-76 in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) 2019-20 season here on Sunday.

Besides, Jeremy Lin also grabbed 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Beijing.

"It's a tough game. We had two wins and two losses before. I think our players were not in a good mood at the beginning, so I encouraged them to forget about the past," said Beijing head coach Xie Libin.

"However, we did a perfect job in defense today. Besides, we grabbed many rebounds, giving no chance for the opponents to launch a second attack," he added.

The first quarter witnessed a close game with both sides trading punches early on. Li Gen made his three pointer to help Shanghai establish a slight advantage, ending the quarter with a 21-17 lead.

The seesaw battle continued in the second quarter. Ray McCallum missed several free throws, diminishing their hope of widening the gap for Shanghai that also missed point guard Luo Xudong who was forced off the court due to injury. Beijing exploited clutch moments to take a one point lead into the second half.

After the break, Shanghai failed to constrain Lin's aggressive attacks. Together with teammate Udoh, Lin helped his team enlarge the advantage to double digits, and stopped Shanghai's efforts for a comeback in the last quarter.

McCallum notched 15 points and seven rebounds for Shanghai, and Dong Hanlin added 14 points.

"Liu Wei inspired the team and everyone is trying very hard, given that we are fighting against a team with two imports. Hopefully we keep the fighting spirit for the rest of the games," said Shanghai head coach Manos Manouselis.

Beijing will face the Zhejiang Lions on Tuesday, while Shanghai will meet the Xinjiang Flying Tigers on Wednesday. Enditem

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