"We did well on defense," said Inner Mongolia coach Zheng Wei, also assistant coach of China's national team, adding the team still needs to build its chemistry through more game time.
Spisska Nova Ves changed its name to the Spis Knights prior to the 2020-21 season and it seems to have brought the team from the mountainous north of the country luck as it currently holds the second spot in the rankings after securing its second win in a row, defeating the Levice Patriots 83-75.
"Gerhard is a bright coach, and we're very pleased to welcome him to the club," said the team's head of sport Kevin Thelwell. "Gerhard's playing style and experience in youth development align with our philosophy and above all, as a person he fits into our culture. We look forward to him getting here and working together to achieve the goals we have set as a club."
The first 45 minutes were entertaining, but after the break Barca began to look fatigued. Ronald Koeman made several changes, bringing Francisco Trincao, Pedri and Miralem Pjanic into the action, while Sergino Dest made his debut for the injured Jordi Alba. Despite Trincao having a late shot saved, Barca didn't do enough to win, while Sevilla looked happy with a point.
Having overcome last season's top-ranked side Beijing on Thursday, Jiangsu never looked threatened from the tip-off on Monday. They out-rebounded Tianjin 43-25 to score 26 points on second chances.
In other fixtures on Sunday, Fortaleza was held to a goalless draw by Atletico Goianiense, Coritiba drew 0-0 at home to Sao Paulo and Botafogo tied 1-1 at home by Athetico Paranaense. Enditem
Esteban Burgos scored from the penalty spot for Eibar after 28 minutes, only for Toni Villa to equalize for the home team eight minutes later. Marco Dmitrovic then saved a penalty, and even though Pape Diop was sent off for the second time this season with 18 minutes remaining, before Rodrigues' later header gave Eibar three vital points in injury time.
Koeman's team looks faster, fitter and hungrier, with Philippe Coutinho getting involved and Leo Messi smiling again. There is a question mark over the lack of central defenders and with Clement Lenglet suspended against Sevilla on Sunday that looks to be their main weakness.
A second-quarter surge helped Xinjiang take over down the stretch over Wuhan. Although falling behind 23-21 early, they forged a 38-25 advantage entering the second half, including six points from Wang Lili.
"If you win 4-0, you have to be happy. We will analyse today's game in a couple of days but for now we are delighted. Today it was important to be effective when it mattered most," Union head coach Urs Fischer said.
The 2019 ATP Finals champion will face Russia's Andrey Rublev for a semifinals place in the next round. The 22-year-old Rublev recovered from a one set down and trailed by 5-2 in the second to knock out Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the last men's round of 16 clash.