The Indonesian Men’s National Team wants to prove they can continue climbing up the ranks of international basketball when they host the upcoming 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.

The home team are looking to attain a much better finish in the Asiad after placing last in the 2018 William Jones Cup in Taiwan, even though the team were able to play well against South Korea and two Chinese Taipei national team selections, and also against the Philippines (Ateneo de Manila University).

It is worthy to note that they recently swept the FIBA Asia Cup pre-qualifying tournament for SEABA, taking home the gold against fellow Southeast Asian teams from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Cambodia. They won the gold medal in a Test Event against Timor Leste, Thailand and India back in February as part of their hosting preparation.

While Timnas Indonesia has shown a lot of familiarity and cohesiveness within the team, they will still have quite a challenge ahead of them after being pooled in Group A with Mongolia, SEABA rivals Thailand, and Asian powerhouse South Korea.

Reigning IBL MVP Xaverius Prawiro, Abraham Damar Grahita, Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa, and Sandy Febiansyakh Kurniawan will lead Timnas in the backcourt, while Arki Dikania Wisnu, Adhi Pratama Preasetyo Putra, Kaleb Ramot Gemilang, Kevin Yonas Argadiba Sitorus, Ponsianus Nyoman Indrawan, Firman Dwi Nugroho, Valentino Wuwungan, and Jamarr Andre Johnston will all return to bolster the frontcourt for Timnas Indonesia.

The team, who will be handled by head coach Fictor Gideon Roring, and assistant coaches Jonhannis Winar and Youbel Sondakh, needs to finish in the top two spots in their group to advance to the knock-out quarterfinals.

Timnas Indonesia opens the tournament against South Korea at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta on August 14 at 16:30 (Indonesia time +7 GMT).

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