2013 FIBA Asia Championship roundup Malaysian national basketball team will carry tragedy into the FIBA Asia Championship, after one of their roster, 25-year-old Jack Ng Kiat Kee, passed away in China on Sunday, Malaysia’s national news agency Bernama, reported.
The 6’5″ center collapsed on the bench while playing in an invitational tournament, as part of the country’s preparations for the regional tiff, Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) secretary-general Chey Tat Woon confirmed to Bernama.
Japan eager to prove worth at FIBA Asia Championship. Team coach Kimikazu Suzuki insists that the period leading up to the Asian Championship was a trial-and-error phase for the team, which was giving a chance to a few inexperienced but talented young players.
“We tested our young players in the Jones Cup, we even started them in some games,” Suzuki said after the team’s training camp at Tokyo’s National Training Center on Sunday. “We struggled to get wins, but did play good games. And we got to clarify our strengths and issues. FIBA Asia Championship to be held on Aug.1-11 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.