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Reid says Hong Kong have to regroup to beat Macau
NAGANO (EABA Championship 2017) - Frustrated with Hong Kong's loss to Chinese Taipei on Monday, Duncan Reid hopes his team can regroup well enough to beat Macau on Day 4 at the EABA Championship 2017.
"The result against Taipei was a little disappointing," he said. "The team competed, but defensively we weren't well prepared enough and lacked focus."
Hong Kong were actually able to keep in step with Chinese Taipei for most of the first quarter, even tying them 11-all with under 4 minutes to go, but that's when coach Chou Chun-San's squad made their big move. Taipei finished the first period with an 11-0 run that broke the game open and took the wind out of Hong Kong's sails.
Try as they might, Hong Kong could not recover and eventually fell, 92-57.
Reid, who tallied an impressive double-double in their first game, was held to only 8 points and 8 rebounds yesterday. Taipei's frontline composed of Quincy Davis, Chou Po-Chen and Chou Po-Hsun really focused on slowing Reid down, and they were successful.
Hong Kong still have a chance to finish among the tournament's top five teams and consequently book their tickets to the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 and the Asia Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, but they will have to get the job done against lowly Macau today.
"We have to regroup and be ready to compete against Macau," Reid said.
If Hong Kong are to make it to the continental tournament and get far, they better hope Reid rediscovers his fine form.