Rennes had the chance to win all three points in stoppage time but Steven Nzonzi's header hit the post.
Alba's natural replacement in the Barca squad, Junior Firpo, is also injured at the moment, although he is expected to be able to return to training in the coming days. Enditem
Shanxi took over early in the second quarter, constantly attacking the basket through Fu and Liu in the paint, but Hebei soon charged back with a 9-0 run. Shanxi piled up a 43-38 lead at the break.
"But I take it as a very positive thing. I am playing quite well to win against a player like Stefano today with this score.
The win also improves the Serbian's season record to a stunning 34-1. The only defeat came in a disqualification earlier this month at the US Open, where he hit a ball in frustration which struck the line judge on the neck.
The match will be Iran's first game at the national level under the leadership of Dragan Skocic.
Despite two big losses into the season, Daqing coach Ji Yanyan would rather pick up something positive from her young team.
Reims took an early lead through captain Yunis Abdelhamid's header in the 11th minute. But goals from Raphinha and Damien Da Silva put Rennes in front at the break.
CHENGDU, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Dongguan was made to sweat before escaping with a 78-71 win over Sichuan in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Monday.
The club said that four outfielders and three infielders have been infected with the virus, as well as four non-playing staff, bringing the total number of recent infections at the club to 13 after it was revealed on Sunday that right-hander Daiki Iwashita and a staff member had tested positive.
After registering a 30-point performance in Saturday's first round game, Shanxi captain Wu Tongtong expressed her gratitude to medical staff in fighting against the virus.