Indonesia’s men’s team faced a rough first day in the opening group phase of the three-on-three under-18 world basketball championship on Thursday.
Playing in Pool C at Jakarta’s National Monument (Monas), the Indonesian team — which comprised of Rivaldo Tanda Pangesthyo, Vincent Rivaldi Kosasih, Muhamad Sandy Ibrahim and Ferdian Dwi Purwoko — lost to New Zealand 21-13, followed by a 12-7 defeat to France in the second game.
The team’s coach, Anthony Gunawan, said the players had the same quality of play as their opponents.
“But I can tell there was still lack of confidence playing in their home ground. They were under pressure and that cost them the team’s defense. It was not their best performance and they know that,” Anthony said after the game.
The team was scheduled to play Lithuania later in the day. It will continue the qualifying stage today by playing against Qatar, Argentina and Latvia.
The women’s team faced Andorra, Ukraine, Canada and Brazil in Pool A qualifying on Thursday.
The Indonesia Basketball Association did not set high targets for the team as they were aware it would face tough challenges despite playing at home.
“We only set a target to qualify for the knockout round when the senior side played in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Tokyo Masters, yet the team went on to win,” said Perbasi secretary general Agus Mauro.
“So we set a target for them this time around to qualify from the group phase. The end result depends on the players.”
The Jakarta team won the Tokyo event and qualified for the event’s final round in Istanbul on Oct. 4-5.
Last year, Serbia took top honors in the men’s event by defeating the United States 21-20, while USA won the women’s event after beating Spain 21-13.