Australia’s Opponents in the FIBA Asia Cup

Australia’s Opponents in the FIBA Asia Cup

Australia’s first foray into the Asian region has been finalised, with the Boomers’ group in the FIBA Asia Cup having been announced.  Sixteen teams will battle it out in the competition, with Australia going up against Japan, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei in Group D starting on August 8th.

 

Even the most Australian basketball tragics might not know much about the three national teams our Boomers will come across, so here is a run-down of the countries the Boomers will have to defeat to advance in the FIBA Asia Cup.

 

JAPAN

World Ranking – 48 (8th in Asia)

Olympic Games – Six.  Last qualified – 1976.  Best Finish – 9th, 1936

FIBA World Championship – Four.  Last qualified – 2006.  Best Finish – 11th, 1967

FIBA Asia Championship – 28.  Last qualified – 2015.  Best Finish – 1st, 1965, 1971

 

One of the most distinguished Asian basketballing nations, Japan has made the Olympic Games six times but has not qualified for over forty years.  They have had varying degrees of success over the past decade, but they are trending up.  Bettering their position in the FIBA Asia Championship (now FIBA Asia Cup) in each of the previous four tournaments.

 

203cm Yuta Watanabe became the first Japanese player to attain a basketball scholarship from a Division One school.  He has suited up for the George Washington Colonials for the past three seasons.

 

The Japanese national team is lacking height, with only four players above 200cm.

 

Roster (for 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament)

Name Position Age Height Club
Yuta Tabuse G 36 173cm Link Tochigi Brex (Japan)
Naoto Tsuji G 28 185cm Toshiba BT (Japan)
Ryoma Hashimoto G 29 178cm Aisin Seahorses Mikawa (Japan)
Makoto Hiejima G 25 190cm Higashimikawa Phoenix (Japan)
Takatoshi Furukawa G 30 190cm Link Tochigi Brex (Japan)
Keijuro Matsui G 31 188cm Toyota Alvark (Japan)
Kenta Hirose G 28 193cm Hitachi SR (Japan)
Ryumo Ono F 29 198cm Chiba Jets (Japan)
Yuta Watanabe F 22 201cm George Washington University (USA)
Atsuya Ota C 33 206cm Higashimikawa Phoenix (Japan)
Kosouke Takeuchi C 32 206cm Hiroshima Dragonflies (Japan)
Joji Takeuchi C 32 207cm Hitachi SR (Japan)

 

HONG KONG

World Ranking – 65 (12th in Asia)

Olympic Games – None

FIBA World Championship – None

FIBA Asia Championship – 26.  Last qualified – 2015.  Best Finish – 5th, 1960.

 

The lowest-ranked squad in Group D, Hong Kong has been low on the Asian basketball totem pole for a long time.  The last time Hong Kong has finished an Asian Championship in the top ten was back in 1983, fourteen tournaments ago.

 

They have even less height than Japan, with only two players above 200cm.

 

In 2015 at the last Asia Championship, Hong Kong won only one from eight games and lost by an average of 24 points.  Hong Kong is the third lowest ranked country in the tournament, above only Syria (72nd) and Iraq (94th).

 

Roster (for 2015 FIBA Asia Championship)

Name Position Age Height Club
So Sheung Ying G 24 187cm Fukien (Hong Kong)
Chan Siu Wing G 25 180cm Eastern (Hong Kong)
Lee Ki G 29 177cm Eastern (Hong Kong)
Au-Yeung Wai Kong F 28 187cm Fukien (Hong Kong)
Leung Shiu Wah F 23 191cm South China (Hong Kong)
Xu Adam F 24 195cm Winling (Hong Kong)
Cheng Kam Hing F 31 188cm Eastern (Hong Kong)
Lin Ho Chun F 26 186cm South China (Hong Kong)
Wong Chun Wai F 31 194cm Winling (Hong Kong)
Lau Hoi To F 26 200cm Eastern (Hong Kong)
Reid Duncan Overbeck C 26 204cm South China (Hong Kong)
Szeto Wai Kit C 29 195cm Fukien (Hong Kong)

 

CHINESE TAIPEI

World Ranking – 48 (7th in Asia)

Olympic Games – Three.  Last qualified – 1956.  Best Finish – 11th, 1948.

FIBA World Championship – Two.  Last qualified – 1959.  Best Finish – 4th, 1959.

FIBA Asia Championship – 23.  Last qualified – 2015.  Best Finish – 2nd, 1960, 1963.

 

Chinese Taipei had an unlucky 2015 Asia Championship tournament, bowing out in the preliminary round.  The team had one win, the same as third place Kazakhstan and the second-best point differential in the group but because they lost to Kazakhstan, they were relegated to the 13th-16th classification.  The team promptly swept Singapore and Kuwait by 46 and 30 points respectively to take 13th place.

 

In the past fifteen Asia Championships, Chinese Taipei has finished outside the top ten only twice, in 2015 and 2003.  The squad even took the bronze medal in 1989.

 

Even though Chinese Taipei only has four players above 200cm, half their team are made up of players who compete in the Chinese Basketball Association, one of the most competitive leagues in Asia.

 

On paper, Chinese Taipei looks like the biggest hurdle for the Boomers to overcome in Group D.

 

Roster (for 2015 FIBA Asia Championship)

Name Position Age Height Club
Chen Shih-chieh G 31 176cm Pauian Archiland (Chinese Taipei)
Chen Shih-nian G 31 181cm Shandong Golden Stars (China)
Liu Cheng G 25 192cm Taiwan Beer (Chinese Taipei)
Hung Chih-shan G 30 176cm Shanxi Zhongyu (China)
Lin Chih-chieh G 33 192cm Zhejiang Lions (China)
Chen Shun-hsiang G 30 190cm Bank of Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
Tien Lei F 32 202cm Tianjin Lions (China)
Lu Cheng-ju F 29 194cm Yulon Dinos (Chinese Taipei)
Tsai Wen-cheng F 30 190cm Pauian Archiland (Chinese Taipei)
Quincy Davis C 32 203cm Pauian Archiland (Chinese Taipei)
Wu Tai-hao C 30 203cm Shanxi Zhongyu (China)
Tseng Wen-ting C 31 204cm Shanghai Sharks (China)

 

Author: Kyle Abbott (68 Posts)

Kyle has barracked for the North Melbourne Giants, Victoria Titans, Victoria Giants and the South Dragons. He's hoping the Melbourne United don't fold like the rest of them