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CBA: Final game of Shanxi-Beijing series postponed

03-14-2012 11:30 BJT

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The aftermath of a wild playoff game is rocking China's pro basketball post-season. The Chinese Basketball Association has penalized the Shanxi Dragons club after unruly fans threw debris on the floor during Sunday's fourth game of their semi-final series against Beijing, and the deciding game 5 has been rescheduled.

Bai Xilin, director of CBA Games Department, said, "In order to guarantee there are no security problems for the final game, we've decided to reschedule Wednesday's game to Sunday night, which will be March 18th."

The Chinese basketball governing body is also punishing the Shanxi Dragons club, basically holding them accountable for their fans over-reaction during the game. Both the club and the Shanxi arena management received a fine of 30,000 RMB.

Shanxi fans became furious in the fourth quarter of the game, when there was no foul called when Beijing's Randolph Morris blocked Shanxi guard Marcus Williams shot and landed on the player's head. The fans started throw water bottles, lighters and other objects onto the floor, halting the game for several minutes.

Shanxi would go on to win the contest and even the series at 2 wins apiece, but after the game, the actions of the fans intensified as some Shanxi supporters blocked the bus of the Beijing Ducks from leaving the venue.

Meanwhile a Shanxi fan later accused Beijing's Stephon Marbury of hitting him with a water bottle. The fan claims he was struck so hard that he was knocked out. Marbury denies the accusation, and is questioning why the fan would make the allegations.

Bai Xilin, director of CBA Games Department

The CBA says they are now investigating the accusation, and says there were problems with the arena's security.

Bai Xilin said, "Because of the ineffective security of the arena, some of the unruly Shanxi fans blocked Beijing's bus. This is wrong. Whether Marbury clashed with the fan or not, relavant authorities are investigating that incident. The CBA will penalize the guilty party based on the evidence and regulations."

This should be a time of celebration for Shanxi, because this is the first time that they have progressed to the semifinals of the Chinese premier basketball league, but it seems that the honor has been tarnished because of the actions of a few fans.

The aftermath of a wild playoff game is rocking China's pro basketball post-season.

The aftermath of a wild playoff game is rocking China's pro basketball post-season.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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