Dragons shoot down Rockets

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 December, 1997, 12:00am

Beijing: The Nangang Jiangsu Dragons shot down high-flying Bayi Rockets 83-80 in an exciting game in the Hilton Chinese Basketball League at the Nanjing Steel Gymnasium.

The Dragons played Hu Weidong, Li Qingshan, Yuan Zhinan and Ding Tie on-court for the entire game only switching between the two foreign players, Charlie Mandt and James Hodges, to hand the Rockets their first defeat of the season.

Two-time Hilton League Most Valuable Player, Hu, led the scoring honours with 27 points while James Hodges chipped in with 17 points and 16 rebounds.