Qingdao beats powerhouse Beijing to grab third straight victory in CBA

QINGDAO, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Qingdao Eagles smashed former league champion Beijing Ducks 115-92 in the 27th round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Wednesday, extending its winning streak to three games.

Establishing a six-point lead in the first three quarters, Qingdao launched a 7-2 run to extend its advantage. With another row of three-pointers and two dunks from Zhai Yi, the home team grew the lead to over 20 points.

"Our players carried out our strategy very well tonight. Especially in the fourth quarter, they had clear heads on defense and offense," said Wu Qinglong, head coach of Qingdao.

Darius Adams grabbed a game-high 31 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for Qingdao, Zhao Tailong pocketed 19 points, Zhai Yi collected 13 points and Dakari Johnson had 27 points and 17 rebounds.

Zhou Yixiang scored a team-high 25 points for Beijing, Justin Hamilton contributed 21 points and Ekpe Udoh scored 16 points and 12 rebounds.

"We started badly and had nine faults just in the first quarter. Qingdao scored many points from counterattacks, as we didn't focus enough," said Yannis Christopoulos, head coach of Beijing.