Fujian upsets Zhejiang to qualify for CBA quarterfinals

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The Fujian Sturgeons beat the Zhejiang Lions 132-119 in the playoffs of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Friday, and now face the Beijing Ducks in the quarterfinals.

The Sturgeons grabbed a 68-61 lead in the first half, with forward Chen Linjian burying seven three-pointers out of eight.

Zhejiang managed to tie the game 81-81 in the third quarter, but Ty Lawson led Fujian to launch an 11-2 run to regain a seven-point advantage.

Lawson finished a three-point play in the last quarter to enlarge the margin to 10 points, keeping the game beyond the reach of Zhejiang.

"This is a big achievement for us. The guys invested a lot of effort on the court, and we will continue with our dream," said Fujian coach Aleksandar Kesar.

Lawson finished with 37 points and 17 assists, while Chen scored 31 points, center Wang Zhelin lodged 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Huang Yichao added 15 points.

For Zhejiang, guard Sun Minghui took a game-high 45 points, Zhao Yanhao grabbed 24 points, and Hu Jinqiu collected 23 points and 11 rebounds.

"Our players went all out today and throughout this season. I hope the young guys have become more experienced. We will come back next year," said Li Chunjiang, coach of Zhejiang.

The quarterfinal between Fujian and Beijing will be held on August 2.

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