Korean men's squad earn FIBA Asia Cup berth
The Korean men's basketball team has qualified for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021, to take place in Indonesia from Aug. 16 to 28.
Korea was one of 24 teams competing in the qualifiers. Teams were divided into six groups of four, with each team playing the three other teams twice on a home and away basis, and the top two teams from each group qualified.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, games were delayed last year and eventually played in a bubble in the Philippines.
Korea qualified after finishing second in Group A alongside the Philippines, who came in first. Indonesia finished third and Thailand fourth.
Korea won both games against Indonesia and Thailand, but dropped both games to the Philippines on Wednesday and Sunday at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Pampanga, the Philippines.
The national team now heads to Kaunas, Lithuania, where they will attempt to win at least three games at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to earn an Olympic berth.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [firstname.lastname@example.org]