The arrival of the national quartet of Li, Yang Liwei, Huang Sijing and Li Yuan meant Inner Mongolia, playing in the WCBA for the second year, emerged as a rising powerhouse.
Sevilla opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Luuk de Jong fired home with his left foot after Barca failed to deal with a corner, but Barca levelled barely a minute later when Jesus Navas was unable to clear Jordi Alba's ball into the area, allowing Coutinho to pick his spot.
Tianjin rode an early 8-0 spurt to race ahead, and compiled a 25-19 advantage as the first quarter ran out.
Shandong built a 17-7 lead at the beginning of the second set, while Tianjin found it difficult to erase the deficit.
"That's our aim and I'm confident we can compete with the footballers we have," he added, despite the refusal of several clubs to release their players for national duties.
"Adam has had an unbelievable couple of years with the club and has had a huge influence on our squad," he said.
"It's not easy for us to return to court. I always want to say thanks to all medical staff across the country for giving us a safe environment to play. We appreciate it a lot," Wu said.
As expected, head coach Gustavo Alfaro included Fenerbahce forward Enner Valencia and teenage Sporting Lisbon winger Gonzalo Plata in his 30-man squad.
Association president Fritz Keller demanded a series of victories to collect points helping to avoid relegation "as we can't afford to go down to a lower group."
The game started with Inner Mongolia taking a 24-10 lead in the first quarter. Hebei tried to fight back in the second period, only to see Inner Mongolia pull away with a 34-14 third quarter.
Tianjin maintained its tactical structure, and overwhelmed its opponent with a 14-2 run in the third set.