Despite a large deficit, Ji never winced and constantly attacked the basket. But boasting a balanced offense, Shandong didn't let the win slip away from their hands. With a 77-39 advantage heading into the final frame, Shandong killed any suspense about the result.
Before moving to the NBA, Bender played one season for Maccabi, helping the club to win the Israeli State Cup.
Real Sociedad ruined Elche's return to the top flight as they won 3-0 in Elche's Martin Valero stadium with second half goals from Portu, Adnan Januzaj and Roberto Lopez.
In Wednesday's other quarterfinals, Jiangsu smashed Sichuan 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-20), Tianjin crushed Zhejiang 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-22), and Shandong beat Fujian 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-19). Enditem
Beer Sheva scored the only goal after just four minutes of play with a penalty from Portuguese midfielder Josue, after Plzen's goalkeeper Ales Hruska fouled Colombian striker Jhonatan Agudelo.
Third seed Thiem was competing for the first time as a Grand Slam winner and followed his fourth win in as many head-to-head clashes against Cilic. The 27-year-old improved his record at Roland Garros to 25-6.
The second half was always going to be an anti-climax after the first 45 minutes, especially as there is another round of matches this week, but it allowed Koeman to bring Ousmane Dembele back for his first match in months after injury and allow new signings Francisco Trincao, Pedri and Miralem Pjanic to make their first team debuts. Enditem
Guangzhou Evergrande are chasing their ninth CSL title having dropped just eight points. But Fabio Cannavaro's side still have problems to solve on the defensive end, where ageing full-backs Li Xuepeng and Zhang Linpeng have raised questions whether they can stay healthy and consistent throughout the next stage.
Zhang wants to improve her time further in 200m butterfly after the championships.
While Barca's pre-season was all about veteran players leaving and Leo Messi wanting to leave the club, their league debut at home to Villarreal was all about Ansu Fati. The 18-year-old was at the heart of nearly all the good things his side did in the first half as they went 4-0 up in just 45 minutes to assure Ronald Koeman a placid debut as coach. He scored the first two goals with an exhibition of cool finishing and then provoked the penalty which Messi slotted away to make it 3-0.
However, that goal only served to pique Liverpool and Sadio Mane drew them level with a simple volleyed finish after Leno did well to parry a shot from Mohamed Salah on the break.