The Qingdao Double Star Eagles lost to Shanxi Zhongyu in Qingdao on January 18, 2012. Former Double Star star Charles Gaines returned for his new team Shanxi and with the help of Marcus Williams erased an 18 point deficit in a 110-106 win over home team Qingdao. Eagles point guard Lester Hudson (second in scoring in the CBA) notched 45 while Olumide Oyedeji added a 25 point 15 rebound double double in the losing effort. There was a questionable call at the end of the 4th quarter when Gaines fell down with the ball on a breakaway and got back up for a lay-up without being called for traveling – many fans were not pleased and engaged in language that necessitated the use of loud music to shoo away the swearing. It was all to no avail as Double Star fell to 12th place in the CBA. Qingdao’s next home game is after the Spring Fest break on February 5 against the Beijing Ducks and Stephon Marbury.

Here’s the recap from Asia-Basket:

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-10) beat on the road 11th ranked Qingdao Double Star (11-14) 110-106. Qingdao Double Star was ahead by 15 points at the halftime before a 70-51 second half run of Shanxi Zhongyu. They made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Qingdao Double Star only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Shanxi Zhongyu forced 25 Qingdao Double Star turnovers. Strangely Qingdao Double Star outrebounded Shanxi Zhongyu 55-34 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Qingdao Double Star helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Charles Gaines notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Marcus Williams supported him with 37 points (!!!) and 5 steals (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Even 45 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by American guard Lester Hudson did not help to save the game for Qingdao Double Star. Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji added 25 points and 15 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the hosts.

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Relevant Links:
CBA Official Website (Chinese)
Qingdao Double Star Official Website (Chinese)

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