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03/11/2012

Lucas Mondelo´s gets the first win in WCBA against undefeated Bayi 72 to 59

Good news arrive from China since newcomer team in WCBA Shanxi Rui Flame coached by spanish Lucas Mondelo and César Rupérez have obtained their first win defeating Bayi Kylin 72 to 59.

This game has also been the chinese debut of Maya Moore, who replacing Ebony Hoffman has scored 37 points and grabbed 17 rebounds that together with the good defense of Shanxi has been key for the win of the local team.

Bayi has been the best team in Chinese League during the start of 21st century, becoming WCBA Champions in 2002,2004,2005,2006 and 2008.

Bayi Kylin started this season at home, defeating Jiangsu Phoenix with WNBA post Krystal Thomas (fifth position in 2011-12) 84 to 62 and defeating also Shanghai Octopus with WNBA star Camille Little (fourth position in 2011-12) 80 a 67.

Bayi Kylin has in their roster two starters of Chinese National Team, guard XiaoYun song and post Nan Chen.

Nan Chen is 1.95m and with WNBA experience (26 games with Chicago Sky in 2009). She was the fourth best scorer in London Olympic Games 2012 with 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, shining in the winagainst Croatia (83-58) with 28 points and 10 rebounds and also had 16 points against United States.

Previously she had averaged 14.9 points (fifth best scorer) and 7.5 rebounds in 2008 Olympic Games in Pekin and 14.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2010 World Championship in Czech.

XiaoYun Song is the starting guard of Chinese National Team and with 2 Olympic Games experience. She had 15 points and 4 assists against USA in London 2012.

Bayi has other good players like Lu Wen (14.9 points 6.3 rebounds last season, Chinese NT in 2011 and 24 points and 9 rebounds against the Silver Medal Team in 2009 U19 WC also coached by Mondelo), post players Mengran Sun (1.97), Lisha Chen (1.95) and Liting Zhang (1.99).

After the first three home games, Shanxi Rui Flame starts to travel and will play the next two games away.

The first game will be on Tuesday against Guandong Dolphins, Finalist in 2011 and coached by american Bob Overton. Guandong signed Tamika Catchings, 2011 WNBA MVP and 2012 WNBA Champion with Indiana Fever but has been playing with also american Ashley Corral.

Guandong also has Wei Wei, 2.06m international Chinese player and born in 1989 who already averaged 13.9 points and 5 rebounds per game during last season. Wei Wei has been for seven years with Chinese National Teamand and she also was in 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Other important players are Hongpin Huang (1.96m and WC in 2010), Siyue Qiu (best passer in 2009 U19 WC), Yuan Ding, Xin Guang (1.96m, Oympic in 2012 and WC in 2010), Dong Yu (1.97m, 16.3 points 9.1 rebounds in the bronze medal in 2010 U17 WC) and LiPing Kang.

Important game for Lucas and Cesar who will continue trying to get wins while they put all the pieces of the team together and develop their chemistry.

Lucas Mondelo and César Ruperez had a meeting on Friday with Greg Stolt, former professional player and currently NBA Head of Operations in China. After, Greg also attended Shanxi´s practice.


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