Four-time winner Kipchoge from Kenya was expected to clinch the victory comfortably as his archrival Kenenisa Bekele announced his withdrawal from the event due to a calf injury on Friday.
His initial spell at the helm ended after the 1990 World Cup, however, Tabarez returned in 2006 and immediately turned the team's fortunes around.
The two sides found their shooting range after the tip-ff, especially for Fujian who converted 4 of 5 shots beyond the arc, but Zhejiang managed a 31-26 lead after the first quarter.
"Xinjiang has more star players than us. We just have to relax and prepare for a fight. Nothing else," Ding added.
On the Hebei side, Guo bagged a team-high 19 points. Ma Wen and Zhang Yaqi scored 13 and 12 points respectively.
The game was decided with the final possession. After Li Jinjun converted one of two free throws, Shaanxi went up 80-78 with 11.3 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Wuhan's Liang Juanzhi missed a jumper that could have sent the match into overtime.
Shaanxi's Chen Yanyu was an assist shy of a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Li weighed in with 19 points.
Last year "champion" Banska Bystrica (crowned after the abrupt end of the 2019/2020 season in March caused by the COVID-19 strike and subsequently stripped of the title as the governing body decided not to crown a champion of the shortened season) and the runner-up Slovan Bratislava are still trying to find their lost forms, losing their respective second-round fixtures.
Head coach Li Tie expressed gratitude for the CSL clubs and the players' participation. "They have endured intensive games and training for 70 days, which was very tough, but they made it through. I myself once took part in a lot of training camps with the national team and I understand they might want to spend more time with their family during the break," he said.
The financial impact of the pandemic on football has been apparent, the former Leipzig coach said.
It looked like Bayern was on the way to an easy victory but Hertha Berlin turned up the intensity and halved the deficit only seven minutes later when Cordoba headed home Matheus Cunha's free kick.