HIt’s been 39 years since the acb raised the curtain for the first time. Americans, Serbs, Croatians, Russians, Lithuanians, Venezuelans, Argentines, Tunisians, Senegalese… players of countless nationalities have passed through its boards. However, a pin was missing to place on the map and it was achieved on the last day.

Historic!: First Chinese player to debut and score in the ACB

Chinaa country with more than 1,300 million inhabitants, had not managed to get any representative of his basketball to gain a foothold in the Endesa League. Until last Sunday, March 26, when Bolong Zheng left with two minutes to go derby between Real Madrid and Urbas Fuenlabrada Bolong Zheng jumped to the tables of the WiZink Center.

The player born in Shaanxi (32 years old, 1.83 tall) barely had time on the field, but his debut was beyond exoticism. Zheng found the opportunity to make his debut as a scorer in the highest competition of Spanish basketball with a triple. One of three launches that could be followed in his country thanks to the agreement that the acb has with the Bilibili digital platform with more than 233 million users in the Asian country.

It’s a dream come true, with all the previous work… it’s an unforgettable moment for the rest of my life

Bolong Zheng

“The debut moment was fascinating for me. I enjoyed every moment on the court. It’s a dream come true, with all the previous work… it’s an unforgettable moment for the rest of my life, without a doubt,” said the Chinese player. MARCA about the sensations when Raventos called him to come out on the pitch.

Zheng knew how to calm the nerves of his debut and enjoy an unrepeatable experience: “Since we arrived at the pavilion and during the warm-up, I was excited as well as focused on the game and waiting for the possibility that the coach would call me to play. I’m glad I hit the 3 that I shot.”

This is the highest level of basketball in Europe and it’s time to continue working to continue learning

The loss of Christian Eyenga opened the doors to the Asian shooting guard, who only has words of thanks for both the coaching staff and the entire club in the south of Madrid. “I am very grateful to my teammates, the coaches and the club for helping me in my daily work, they make me feel as if I were at home. This is the highest level of basketball in Europe and it is time to continue working to continue learning from everyone. “.

Bolong Zheng, player with a collegiate past

Bolong Zheng arrived at Urbas Fuenlabrada at the beginning of this season and is in his third stage in Spanish basketball. His first stop was the Amics Castelló, from where he went to CB Vinaròsin addition to having played in the Kitsap Admirals of the United States and in the university league of his country.

In 2017 Zheng returned to Spain to sign for Movistar Students, thanks to the collaboration agreement that the Madrid team had with Guangzhou Longlions. The Chinese player spent two seasons working with the EBA team, although he did not make his debut with the first collegiate team. A dream for which he had to wait three years, but which has finally become a reality.

Via Marca.com