Women cagers finish Invitational tournament on a high


  • Basketball
  • Monday, 28 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The women’s national team ended their campaign in the Maba Malaysia Basketball Invitational on a high but head coach Yoong Sze Yuin (pic) is still not satisfied.

Sze Yuin feels that the team need to do much more if they were to defend their gold medal at the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11.

Yesterday, they defeated Fo Guang University of Taiwan 73-48 at the Maba Stadium here. On Saturday, they had beaten Japanese side Tohoku Gakuin University 71-58.

Sze Yuin said the matches during the invitational had exposed several areas of weaknesses in the team.

“In these matches we were slow to pick up and struggled to find our rhythm in the first half,” said Sze Yuin.

“We have to adapt quickly and keep a high tempo from start to finish.”

“The matches at the SEA Games will be very close and we’ve to start aggressively to take advantage of the situation. It’s be hard to catch up if we start slow.

“This SEA Games will be a challenge as Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines have added more naturalised players into their squad. We need to be fitter.”

The team will train in Yamagata, Japan from Nov 2-12 before the Games and will get a chance to play eight clubs and universities over the 10-day stint.

Meanwhile, the SEA Games-bound men’s team put up a formidable performance against Taiwanese professional side Formosa Dreamers but fell short 78-88 in an intense match that went into overtime.

RESULTS

Men: Malaysia bt Xiamen University (Chn) 68-66; Formosa Dreamers (Tpe) bt Wah Chin Kings (Aus) 106-63; Dreamers (Tpe) bt Xiamen (Chn) 79-72; Westports Malaysia Dragons bt Kings (Aus) 100-83; ACBA Dragons (Aus) bt Malaysia 96-65; Malaysia Dragons bt Xiamen (Chn) 90-81; ACBA Dragons (Aus) bt Kings (Aus) 79-70; Dreamers (Tpe) bt Malaysia 88-78.

Women: Chughwa Telecom (Tpe) bt Fo Guang University (Tpe) 85-53; Malaysia bt Tohoku Gakuin University 71-58; Chunghwa (Tpe) bt Shanghai Dahua (Chn) 83-54; Malaysia bt Fo Guang (Tpe) 73-48.

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