Zhejiang jumped into a 14-5 lead, before Henan regrouped and tied the first quarter at 23-23 through top draft Fang Min's stunning buzzer-beater.
Scaloni confirmed the Albiceleste will be without Paulo Dybala for the match because of a stomach problem, while Sevilla midfielder Marcos Acuna is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
In last year's campaign, Loew's team only escaped relegation after the top group was extended.
Meanwhile, Angel Romero and Andre Carrillo each scored braces as Paraguay and Peru drew 2-2 in Asuncion.
"James played well and he's going to keep improving," the Portuguese said. "He was trying to get his goal today, but with 15 minutes left it seemed important to me to give him a rest.
"As we didn't train together for quite a long time, we still suffered some problems on both the attacking and defending ends," she noted.
"It is crazy. Two years ago I won a junior Grand Slam and now I'm here. It feels like such a short time. I'm so overwhelmed," added the 2018 Wimbledon junior champion.
"What my family wanted was to see me happy. There are things that are not known, but at Barcelona they send you away to train separately... My wife was the one who saw that I was down and let me take the opportunity. When Atletico came looking for me, I didn't hesitate for a moment."
SN was unexpectedly defeated by TL with a 3-1 lead, but the team soon adjusted by double killing G2 in two consecutive games to top Group A.
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Anthony McGill both received a bye to the second round. Enditem
Next to the football pitch, two groups of volleyball players also showcased aggressiveness to take a lead in the volleyball court, raising gust of dust when they move. Liu Huan, the chief umpire of beach volleyball, also highly focused on the contest to ensure the result fairness.