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Cyclones Surprise Guangdong 96-93
    2008-12-01 00:48:44     Xinhua

Zhejiang Cyclones beat the depleted Guangdong Dongguan Bank for the first time in the franchise history 96-93 in the seventh round of the CBA league on Sunday.

The defending champions played without top-scorer Zhu Fangyu, who will be absent for two weeks for acantha agnail, and starting point guard Chen Jianghua, who is suffering a navicular fracture and might be out for at least three months.

Samuel Hoskin had 35 points and 17 rebounds while teammate Kirk Snyder adding 32 points and 16 rebounds to give the Cyclones one of the biggest win in the history.

Substitute Wang Zheng led Guangdong with 18 points. This was the second consecutive loss of Guangdong, which had a 19-3 record in the regular season last season.

Jiangsu Dragons nailed down the sixth win in row to top the league after beating Yunnan Honghe 128-87. Han Shuo had 21 points, Donnell Harvey 20 while Liu Yahui 19 for the Dragons.

Michael Harris led six players in double-digit numbers with 37 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to help Dongguan Marco Polo crash Zhejiang Guangsha 133-102.

Shanghai Sharks failed to pull down the first victory of the season as Bayi Fubang came back from six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to triumph 97-88.

This was the seventh loss of the Sharks, the former team of Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets, and their captain Liu Wei is facing an uncertain future on Monday when the league discusses a brawl between the Sharks and Yunnan on Friday.

Mack Tuck's 40 points were not enough to save Shandong Gold from a 106-96 home loss to Xinjiang Guanghui.

Xinjiang stayed on the third place in the standings behind Dongguan with Xu Guochong chipping in 28 points and Myron Allen 25.

In Sunday's other matches, Changchun Dacheng edged off Fujian SBS 97-90, Liaoning Hunters defeated Beijing Ducks 91-80, Shannxi Yalv thrashed Qingdao DoubleStars 124-99 while Shanxi Zhongyu overwhelmed Tianjin Ronggang 115-90.

 
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