The Semi-finals of the CUBA League Tournament Southwest Division Matches End
On April 12, the CUBA League Tournament Southwest Division Matches entered semi-finals. The men’s basketball teams of Hunan Normal University and Xiangnan University, the women’s basketball teams of Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Hunan Normal University beat their opponents respectively, and entered the final on April 13. These four teams also won the qualification to play in the national quarter-finals.
The fiercest match is between the Xiangnan University and Guangxi Normal University. After two rounds of overtime, Xiangnan University finally beat Guangxi Normal University with 97:94. This is really a breakthrough in the history of the Xiangnan University’s basketball team: to enter the national quarter-finals. Xiangnan University would have finished the fight in the first round of overtime, because in the last second of the first round of overtime, the score was 84:88, with Guangxi Normal University lagging behind. At this time, Zhu Shaofeng, No.9 player of Guangxi Normal University miraculously staged a four-point play, which put the match into the second round of overtime. Under an unfavorable situation at the start of the second round of overtime, Xiangnan University adjusted their mentality on time, and won this important match with 3 points. As a new team that has only played two times in the division matches, Xiangnan University’s entering into the quarter-finals is really a miracle. It has become the largest dark horse in this year’s CUBA League.
In the other men’s semi-final, Hunan Normal University replayed the same scene in the semi-final of the last CUBA League Tournament Southwest Division Matches. Hunan Normal University beat Wuhan University of Technology with 97:86 with obvious advantage, while Wuhan University of Technology didn’t hit top form throughout the whole match. The former “King of the Southeast Division” lost the opportunity to play in the national quarter-finals again.
While the two women’s semi-finals witnessed mismatched teams. Huazhong University of Science and Technology beat Zhongnan University of Economics and Law with 95:53. Although Hunan Normal University had a difficult first half with XTU, with a score of 35:38, it finally won the game with 89:67 because of a better overall strength.
April 13 is the last day of the CUBA League Tournament Southwest Division Matches, and it also signifies the end of the 11th CUBA League Tournament Division Matches.
April 14, 2009