Indonesia 67 – 57 Singapore
Timnas Indonesia secures fourth place during the second round of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Eastern Region Pre Qualifiers after defeating and eliminating Singapore, 67-57.
Singapore, who missed the services of big man Delvin Goh after he returned to Singapore for ASEAN Basketball League commitments with the Singapore Slingers, allowed Indonesia to build a comfortable lead before they streaked to a 13-2 run to cut the lead to only one midway in the third quarter thanks in part to young big Lavin Raj stepping up to the plate.
A much needed three pointer by Abraham Grahita gave Indonesia their first basket in six minutes to give them some breathing room late in the third, then naturalized Indonesian player Jamarr Johnson took over the game going on his own six-point scoring run to give Indonesia a seven-point lead going into the final quarter.
Singapore did their best to salvage the game in the fourth but the absence of Goh proved too much for Raj, who fouled out of the game midway through the fourth.
Johnson was Indonesia’s best player for the game, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Leon Kwek led Singapore with 18 points in the loss.
Indonesia wraps up their campaign against the hosts Thailand on the 1st of December, while Singapore is set to face Macau.
Thailand 79 – 75 Malaysia
Thailand withstood a furious late comeback by Malaysia to hold on to a 79-75 victory, sending the Malaysians to their first defeat in the pre qualifiers.
Moses Morgan, Chanatip Jakrawan, and Darongpan Apiromvilaichai, who all sat out the day before against Macau, were quick to pounce using their dominance inside against the Malaysians, pushing the lead to double-digits midway through the second quarter.
The Thais held onto the big lead for most of the game until late in the fourth where the Malaysians pushed to attempt yet another late comeback victory.
Back to back three pointers by Chang Zi Fueng and Wong Yi Hou reduced the deficit to only a five with a minute remaining forcing a Thailand time out. Chitchai Ananti made the three pointer from the corner to put the dash the hopes on Malaysia’s comeback.
Despite Wong Yi Hou and Thong Ching Chan making layups to cut the lead to four with eight seconds remaining, Bandit Lakhan managed to expertly avoid the intentional fouls to finish the game 79-75 in favour of the hosts.
Thai-American Moses Morgan, scored 25 points and grabed 12 rebounds for his team, while Wong Yi Hou’s 22 points led Malaysia’s charge.
Malaysia end their campaign on the 1st of December against the unbeaten Guam.
In the day’s other game, Guam who had already qualified for the next round, made light work of Macau, defeating them 97-64 to officially end their hopes of qualifying for the next round.
Standings at the conclusion of day five: