Singapore 86 Fiji 68

In a match up to avoid elimination from the Pre Qualifiers, Singapore defeated Fiji 86-68 in a game where they lead from the first minute of the game.

Fiji were able to keep the game close late for most of the half, keeping the lead to single digits before a fast break layup by Toh Qing Huang gave Singapore the double digits lead for good

Singapore’s efficient ball movement and tight defense proved too much to handle for Fiji as Singapore cruised to the 18 point win, building the lead to as high as 22 at one point. Four Singaporeans finished in double digits scoring for the day.

Singapore’s decision to rest Delvin Goh for the game against Guam the previous day, paid dividends as Goh led Singapore to the victory with an efficient stat line of 19 points (80% shooting), 12 rebounds and five assists.

Joshua Fox’s 29 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists were not enough for Fiji as they bow out of the Pre Qualifiers.

Singapore next face traditional rivals, Malaysia in the second round on the 29th of November.

Guam 91 Thailand 70

Guam defeated Thailand 91-70 to secure the top position in Group B, leaving the Oceania nation in a strong position to secure a ticket to the Main Qualifiers for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup.

Guam were quick to build a ten point lead as early as the first quarter off a basket by NZ Breakers player Tai Wesley.

The hosts remained calm and kept a fast paced game going, frustrating the US territory nation as Thailand chipped away the lead. Thailand would succeed in snatching the lead by the end of the first quarter thanks to a desperation buzzer beater three pointer by Nakorn Jaisanuk.

Things would not look good for Guam in the second quarter with key player, Curtis Washington getting ejected from the game for two technical fouls. Despite Washington’s ejection, Guam managed to regain the lead at the half thanks to a three pointer by Jesus Cruz.

With his fellow NCAA D1 trained teammate ejected, Earnest Ross Jr stepped up huge for Guam in the third quarter, scoring 15 points to balloon the lead to double digits late in the third quarter as Thailand struggled with cold shooting.

Thailand were not able to muster enough energy to challenge Guam in the fourth as they struggled to match Guam’s physicality leading to Guam finishing strong with the 91-70 victory.

Earnest Ross Jr and Tai Wesley combined for 52 points for Guam while Thailand’s efforts were ledĀ  by Thai American Moses Morgan with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

PHOTO CREDIT TO : FIBA/ONVISA THEWPAINGARM
EARNEST ROSS JR SCORED 31 POINTS, THE BEST SCORING PERFORMANCE AT THE PRE QUALIFIERS THUS FAR

Indonesia 99 Macau 54

Indonesia bounced back in impressive fashion over their shock lost to Malaysia, trouncing Macau 99-54.

Macau who were feeling confident from almost pulling off a comeback against Malaysia the day before, kept their momentum going, only allowing Indonesia a two point lead at the end of the first thanks to back to back three pointers by Fong Iam Hoi and Kei Long Ieong.

The rest of the game turned out to be a completely different story as Indonesia tore Macau’s defense apart with their quick transition offense and efficient offense in the paint. A dunk by naturalized player, Jamarr Johnson streched Indonesia’s lead to 21 at the half

Indonesia kept their strategy throughout the game, quickly wearing Macau and keeping their hot shooting form consistent as they closed out the game with the dominant 41 point victory.

Indonesia shot 55% for the game as five players finished in double digits scoring led by 19 points from hot shooting guardĀ Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa.

Macau’s Hip Meng Lo was the only player on their team with double digits scoring with 22.

With Group A only comprising of three teams, Indonesia and Macau both move on to the second round of the pre qualifiers with Indonesia next facing the unbeaten Guam while Macau play the hosts, Thailand on the 29th of November.

PHOTO CREDIT TO : FIBA/ONVISA THEWPAINGARM
JAMARR JOHNSON SCORED 15 POINTS

The Standings going into the second round:-

  1. Guam 2-0
  2. Malaysia 2-0
  3. Thailand 1-1
  4. Indonesia 1-1
  5. Macau 0-2
  6. Singapore 0-2

The top four teams after the the end of the Pre Qualifiers will move onto the Main Qualifying Round.