By sportswriter Su Bin
LUOYANG, China, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- China lost just one game in
the 2014 Stankovic Continental Cup, but it was enough to spoil
their bid for the title.
In their last game at the round-robin tournament, China suffered
an 82-74 loss to Slovenia, while Russia had a comfortable win over
Angola, which resulted in a complex situation.
China, Slovenia and Russia all had a 2-1 record. In addition,
the three teams also had a 1-1 in matches among them. Then, point
advantage was the next to count, which rated China the last.
Although some fans feel disppointed, for the Chinese national
basketball team composed mostly of young players, nothing is more
precious than experience.
Among the 15 Chinese players called up for Stankovic Continental
Cup, Liu Xiaoyu and Zhou Peng are the only two who were born before
1990. For such a young Chinese team that are without stars Zhu
Fangyu, Wang Shipeng, Yi Jianlian and Sun Yue, lack of experience
is the biggest problem. So the most talked word by head coach Gong
Luming during this tournament is "in terms of experience, it (the
tournament) is a good test".
For the Chinese basketball team, the Asian Games in Incheon,
South Korea is the top priority of this year. After a humiliating
defeat in the Asian Basketball Championship last month, they are
desperate for self-redemption.
However, if China's performance at the Stankovic Continental Cup
is anything to go by, they have little chance of claiming the title
in Incheon. In fact, gaining experience one game after another is
of more importance than the results at this stage. Enditem