Rockets blow away rivals

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 March, 1998, 12:00am

Beijing: The Chinese Army Rockets confirmed their status as undisputed favourites to win the Hilton Basketball League title, trouncing the Liaoning Hunters 90-56 in the first game of the best-of-five final series.

Led by forward Liu Qiang's game-high 26 points, the defending champions sailed to victory before a home crowd in southwestern Chongqing. Chinese national centre Wang Zhizhi added eight rebounds.

Arlando Bennett paced Liaoning, last year's runners-up, with 15 points and six rebounds.