D2 University of Indianapolis’ Darius Adams dropped 30 points to lead the Xinjiang Flying Tigers over the Guandong Tigers 122-105 in Game 1 of the Chinese Basketball Association Finals.
The 6-0 guard sank 5 threes, while shooting a torrid 67 percent (6-of-9) from two-point range.
Adams also dished out 8 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Andray Blatche (Wizards, Nets) added 22 points, 5 assists, and 5 boards in the victory for Xinjiang.
For Guandong, Carlos Boozer (Duke) had 26 points with 9 rebounds, Donald Sloan (Texas A&M) added 20 points and 7 assists, while Jianlian Yi (Nets, Bucks) chipped in 14 points with 12 rebounds in the loss.
But the star of the game was Adams, who is the CBA’s eighth leading scorer and is also eighth in assists, averaging 30.7 points and 5.9 dimes this season for the Flying Tigers.
A college star at the University of Indianapolis, Adams led the Great Lakes Valley Conference and was seventh in NCAA D2 in scoring, averaging 23.2 points as a senior.
He led the team in scoring, rebounding, steals, and three-pointers that year when he was named a named Second Team All-American.
A JUCO transfer, he averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists for Lincoln College as a sophomore when he was named a First Team All-American and Region 24 Conference Player of the Year.
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