A photo taken on May 3, 2019 shows Guangdong Dongguan celebrating during the trophy ceremony after the 4th round game between Guangdong Dongguan and Xinjiang Guanghui at the 2018-2019 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) finals in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on May 3, 2019. Guangdong Dongguan won 103-98 and claimed the title with a total score of 4-0. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

  A photo taken on May 3, 2019 shows Guangdong Dongguan celebrating during the trophy ceremony after the 4th round game between Guangdong Dongguan and Xinjiang Guanghui at the 2018-2019 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) finals in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on May 3, 2019. Guangdong Dongguan won 103-98 and claimed the title with a total score of 4-0. (Xinhua/Hu Huhu)

CBA powerhouse Guangdong Southeast Tigers denied the pay cut rumor during the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

Top Chinese basketball league side Guangdong Southeast Tigers have yet to make a decision on salary cuts for players, head coach Du Feng told Xinhua on Monday.

There was rumor saying that the CBA powerhouse would cut in half of the salary of players including the team’s star forward Yi Jianlian due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

„It’s not true,“ said Du.

„All clubs are facing financial pressure, including us, so the club decide to pay half of the salary on the first hand. When the situation gets better, the club will make plans to pay the rest part of the salary to the players,“ Du explained.

Du and his players are busy preparing for the possible restart of the 2019-2020 CBA season which has been halted since late January.

The defending champions were sitting top of the standings by winning 28 out of the first 30 regular season games.

BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) — The Fujian Sturgeons routed the Sichuan Blue Whales 105-84, kicking their opponents out of the playoff spots, while the Tianjin Pioneers lost to the Beijing Royal Fighters 97-83 on Saturday and became the only team to suffer a winless record in all games after the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) restarted league action.

Fujian did not have a good start, scoring only one of their first 11 attempts, while Sichuan got the upper hand by pouring in three-pointers, and finished the first quarter with a 24-20 lead.

In the second quarter, Fujian beefed up its defense and surged to a 15-0 run, while Sichuan endured a four-minute scoring drought. Fujian continued its offensive onslaught and pulled out a decisive 35-15 lead in the second quarter.

Sichuan saw a glimmer of hope when they narrowed the gap to 13 points midway through the third quarter, but it was snuffed out by Fujian with a 10-0 run in the last minutes of the quarter. Fujian maintained a lead of some 20 points until the end.

„Today we came up to play hard,“ Fujian’s Ty Lawson said. „This is a big game, first because we went back to even, 50-50. We just gotta keep going and stay focused.“

After the 6-6 tie at the beginning of the game, Beijing scored eight straight points to lead by 14-6. Sun Yue had a flagrant foul on Tianjin’s Meng Zikai before Tianjin cut the deficit down to 45-40 with a 10-1 run at the end of the second quarter.

A technical foul sent Sun off the court as the game continued with Arnett Moultrie dominating the paint to help Beijing to a 73-67 lead going into the fourth quarter. Beijing’s shooters then made straight baskets to establish a 20-point advantage and set the tone for the game.

Moultrie contributed a game-high 30 points and 16 rebounds, while his teammate Zong Zan had 11 points and five rebounds. Shi Deshuai had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists for Tianjin.

In the derby between Zhejiang Golden Bulls and Zhejiang Lions, Wu Qian had a game-high 35 points to lead the Golden Bulls to a 109-98 victory over the Lions.

In the day’s other two games, the Guangzhou Loong Lions lost to the Shanghai Sharks 105-101 for a second time, extending its losing streak to three games, and the Shandong Heroes edged the Shanghai Sharks 111-107 after a tight regular time and an overtime.

Qingdao and Dongguan were selected as the joint hosts for 10 teams each in the first phase of the restarted CBA. After Saturday’s game, all 20 teams will gather in Qingdao to finish the regular season. Enditem

Former Chinese national team player Pan Wei was appointed as the head coach of Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) side Sichuan on Monday.

Playing as a guard, Pan was selected into the national team in 1998, making appearances at the Olympic Games, FIBA World Championship, Asian Games and FIBA Asia Championship.

After her retirement, Pan became the assistant coach of WCBA side Guangdong in 2006, and the team’s head coach in 2009. She led Guangdong to the WCBA runners-up spot in the 2010/11 season.

So far, Sichuan, which ranked 12th among 18 outfits last season, has signed current national team players Shao Ting and Gao Song.

Sichuan also appointed Wang Ling as the assistant coach. Wang is also the assistant coach of the Chinese junior national team.