The game was played behind closed doors at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.
Schalke has worn out 23 coaches in the last 20 years.
In the Changzhou division, 10-man Changchun Yatai came from behind to beat Sichuan Jiuniu 3-1.
"This sure feels like coming back to my second home," Bender said. "I wish for better times, that we could meet the amazing Maccabi fans in the arena and make them happy".
Bender played 187 NBA games in total, averaging 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game.
Neal Maupay had put the home side in front from the penalty spot and Brighton hit the woodwork five times before Maupay's 97th minute handball allowed Bruno Fernandes to net the winner.
The second set became a lop-sided show for Shanghai, which built an 11-4 lead at the start before Liaoning fought back to cut the score 12-8. However, Shanghai gradually controlled the pace of the match and denied Liaoning a chance to rally back.
Cedric Bakambu finished second with a stunning strike in the 27th minute after a goal was disallowed for offside in the opening time.
Kenyan Peres Chepchirchir, the current half marathon record holder and Fancy Chemutai will also be in the frontline.
Hebei's Zhang Yifan took first in the women's 200m butterfly, and Zhang Ziyang from Hubei scooped gold in the men's 1,500m freestyle.
Jiangsu registered three-pointer shooting efficiency, with Gong Li and Liang draining shots beyond the arc on successive possessions to set up a 17-point advantage into half-time.