I’m going to be frank with you here: I don’t know that Beijing’s 89-84 win over Zhejiang — clinching the series 3 games to 0 — was “trending” news, as the kids say. But that shouldn’t excuse my negligence. Beijing won its first WCBA title in its 31-year history (for comparison, the WNBA has only been around 14 years), led by its star center, Nicky Anosike, who you might remember as a star at Tennessee. In the above video, you’ll see the first thing Beijing’s head coach does after the buzzer is deliver a bouquet to his wife in the stands, then go to his 12-year-old son, who’s in tears. That’s a nice scene. Highlights of the game after the jump.
By the way, Zhejiang was the 8 seed, and Beijing was the 2. Unlike on the men’s side, I guess there is some parity in the WCBA.
Congrats to everyone involved. Beijing = CHAMPIONS. Yeah, civic pride!
The next night, inspired by their counterparts (so says Sina), the Beijing men’s team — also a 2 seed — beat Zhejiang Guangsha on the road to take a 1-0 lead in the first round of its best-in-5 series.