"I feel quite happy that we finally have games to play," said Inner Mongolia's center Li Yueru, who finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 44-point rout of Hebei.
He has also maintained Wolverhampton forward, Adama Traore in his squad, despite the striker, who was born close to Barcelona, also being called up by his parents' homeland, Mali.
Resentful of refereeing, Wuhan coach Li Xin was given two technical fouls in a row resulting in her ejection early in the last quarter. Wuhan could not truly put a scare into Xinjiang during the second half.
Ajax had more possession and more chances in the first half, but it was Groningen that found the net after the restart. Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana stopped a shot from Groningen striker Jorgen Strand Larsen, but he had no answer to the rebound from 19-year-old forward Remco Balk.
Their Canadian forward Christophe Lalancette completed his hat-trick in the final stretch to guide his team to a respected victory and the first place in the rankings, 4-5.
Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jared Bowen scored West Ham's goals in the 14th, 34th and 84th minute of the game.
The "Bulls" assumed control from the starting whistle and pressed the "Royal Blues" onto the back foot.
While predecessor Wagner could count on a seven-week-long preparation phase, only two weeks remain for Baum to get the team back on track, when Schalke faces Union Berlin on October 18 on home soil in the Bundesliga.
In women's actions, top seed Simona Halep took sweet revenge on her opponent from last year's French Open defeat, trouncing American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-0, 6-1 to progress.
"I'm very happy. It was a great match, I didn't make any mistakes. Casper is a really great player, very attractive to play, I think there were many good rallies, it was a good match from both of us," said the recently-crowned US Open champion.
"She had a remarkable performance coming off the bench but failed to convert some layups due to a physical slump. She still needs to go through some tests game after game. Hopefully, she can progress deep into the season," said Henan coach Li Jianxin.