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The Malaysian women's basketball team seen here rejoicing after clinching gold at the 2001 KL SEA Games. Having done well in the Asian Championships recently, hopes are high they can deliver gold at the Myanmar Games next month. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: The national women’s basketball team have given themselves a massive boost ahead of the Naypyitaw SEA Games with a good showing in the Fiba Asia Championships in Bangkok.
Malaysia have long been a powerhouse in women’s basketball in this region, winning the SEA Games gold a record nine times.
But they under-performed at the 2011 Jakarta Games, finishing with a bronze.
Thailand took gold and Philippines the silver that year.
But the Malaysian women showed that they could still deliver come December after finishing second in Division Two of the Asian meet.
They had four wins – beating Indonesia (61-49), Hong Kong (73-38), Uzbekistan (63-41) and the Filipinos (60-56). The only blemish on their record was a 56-60 loss to hosts Thailand.
In the playoffs to join the Division One ranks next year, Malaysia faced India.
Despite a solid performance – with captain Kew Suik May, Eugene Ting and Pang Hui Pin scoring 10 points each – they fell to a 59-74 defeat.
Thailand, who topped Division Two, meanwhile overcame Kazakhstan 63-57 in the other playoffs and earned promotion to Division One.
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