"Defense is quite vital in such an intense game," he noted.
"I've already done it in Australia," said the 21-year-old Kenin, "I've had tough matches these past two weeks and I'm so excited to be in the final. It's incredible. I'm going to enjoy this moment today and get ready for the final tomorrow (on Saturday)."
Shanghai left Dongguan with no chance from start to finish, leading seven points at halftime, and managed to maintain its double-digit lead for the most of the second half. Center Zhang Zhiting scored 17 points off the bench. Huang Jing contributed 16 points.
BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Lionel Messi converted a first-half penalty as Argentina beat Ecuador 1-0 in their opening South American zone World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
Messi put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute at La Bombonera after Lucas Ocampos was scythed down by Pervis Estupinan after a driving run into the penalty area. The 33-year-old now has 71 goals in 139 appearances for the Albiceleste.
The Everton midfielder showed glimpses of quality, particularly in the first half, but faded before being replaced by Steven Alzate in the 74th minute at Estadio Metropolitano.
Michy Batshuayi of Belgium shoots during a friendly match between Belgium and Cote d'Ivoire at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
Lakers star LeBron James had 40 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and Anthony Davis put up 28 points and 12 rebounds.
The Cafeteros boss had words of support for Bayer Leverkusen full-back Santiago Arias, who was taken from the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a horrific ankle injury in the first half.
"It's a good experience for me and my young team. We have many difficulties, but they are just temporary, and these players don't lose their guts, which I am the most satisfied with," Ji noted.
It was the first meeting between the two sides at senior level.