The match between the Vietnamese basketball team and Malaysia today is to decide the final ticket in Group D, with Thailand and Mongolia to go on to the second qualifying round of the 2025 Asian Basketball Cup.
Coach Matt Van Pelt still keeps the familiar framework of Justin Young, Nguyen Huynh Phu Vinh, Dinh Thanh Sang, Khoa Tran next to Dang Thai Hung for the match against Malaysia.
Khoa Tran (white shirt) and the Vietnamese basketball team lost to Malaysia in the decisive match
This is an opponent that is considered “balanced” compared to the Vietnamese basketball team. However, the Vietnamese basketball players deployed less sharp attacks, missing too many opportunities while the Malaysian pitchers played much more effectively. At the end of the first 2 halves, the Malaysian basketball team surprised when they made a difference of up to 19 points (40/21) against the Vietnamese basketball team.
After the break, the Vietnamese basketball team rose strongly, Dinh Thanh Tam, Justin Young, Khoa Tran took turns scoring, shortening the gap to 12 points against Malaysia. However, the students of coach and coach Matt Van Pelt could not keep the circuit to score, letting the opponent gradually widen the gap.
The Vietnamese basketball team has had valuable experiences after more than 60 years of returning to the continental arena
In the 4th half, the Vietnamese basketball team again shortened the score gap to 12 points but could not go upstream, so they accepted the defeat with a score of 56-73 against Malaysia.
The defeat to Malaysia made the dream of qualifying for the first round of the Asian Basketball Cup after more than 60 years of returning to this arena did not come true. Vietnamese pitchers finished the group stage with 1 win (against Tahiti), 3 losses (against Thailand, Mongolia, Malaysia) and ranked 4/5. However, participating in the tournament is an opportunity for Vietnamese basketball to test its ability to have better investment in international tournaments in the near future.