Instead of our normal daily recap of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Eastern Region Pre Qualifiers, here’s an analysis of each country’s qualification status for the Main Qualifiers of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup, excluding Fiji who have already been eliminated.
The top four teams based on cumulative records from both rounds move on to the join 16 Division A and four Division B countries to complete the cast of 24 who will participate in the Main Qualifying round to determine the 16 teams who qualify for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup.
Results against Fiji from Group B do not carry forward to the second round of the Pre Qualifiers.
The results from the first day of the second round on the 29th of November were:-
Malaysia 66 Singapore 60
Thailand 81 Macau 56
Guam 65 Indonesia 53
1. Guam 3-0
Guam’s record stands at 3-0 with victories over Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
With Indonesia and Macau not able to match Guam’s record, Guam’s top four position is secure. Guam’s remaining games are against Macau and Malaysia.
2. Malaysia 3-0
Malaysia are in a similar position with Guam having already beaten Indonesia, Macau and Singapore to secure their spot at the Main Qualifiers.
Malaysia’s remaining games will be against the host Thailand and Guam.
3. Thailand 2-1
The hosts, Thailand have victories over Singapore and Macau with their sole lost coming against Guam
Thailand’s remaining games come against Malaysia and Indonesia. Thailand will need at least one victory to ensure qualification.
4. Indonesia 1-2
Indonesia’s sole victory was against Macau and suffered losses to Malaysia and Guam.
Indonesia’s remaining games will be against Singapore and Thailand. Should Indonesia defeat Singapore, they will secure qualification into the next round as they have head to head advantage over Macau.
If Indonesia were to lose against Singapore, they will need to ensure victory against Thailand and hope that Thailand lose to Malaysia to force a potential three way tiebreaker.
5. Singapore 0-3
Singapore suffered losses against Thailand, Guam and the latest coming against Malaysia, where the island republic would suffer a fourth quarter breakdown, allowing Malaysia to go on a 21-2 run to close the game.
Singapore’s remaining games will be against Indonesia and Macau. The game against Indonesia will be important for Singapore to ensure survival as a win will keep them in the running and secure head to head advantage over Indonesia.
6. Macau 0-3
Macau remain without a win after four days of competition, with double digits losses against Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Macau’s remaining games will be against Guam and Singapore. A lost to Guam will confirm Macau’s elimination from contention.
Full schedule of games available here