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Basketball - 06. June 2007.

China start winning

INCHEON (FIBA Asia Championship for Women) - For China, who lost to Japan on the opening day, an encounter against Malaysia couldn't have come at a better time. Having brought their second team to the Championship, as coach Sun Fengwu put it "any exposure is good exposure for these youngsters."

"A win is a win, especially after losing the first game," Fengwu said. "It always weighs on our mind when you start a Championship on a losing note. That way, today's win brings relief."

"The most satisfactory part for me is that the team is improving with every outing. At least, they are listening and making an honest attempt to execute what we are telling them. Not repeating yesterday's mistakes is a sure sign of improvement in the team."

"On a scale of 10 in my book of expectations, I'd give nine to today's performance," Fengwu said.

That despite playing against a second string rival line-up they lost 57-109 didn't seem to perturb Malaysian coach Tan See Wah. "We always knew every match here is a learning experience," the hexagenarian said.

"Every game against these big teams is a new experience for our girls. In that context, the girls played a lot better than we expected."

"This experience will any hold us in good stead when we attempt to stay in Level 1," he said.
China 109 (Zhang Han Lan 18, Ma Zheng Yu 13, Wei Wei 13, Mo Li 13) bt Malaysia 57 (Kew May Suik 22) (Quarterwise: 26-12, 56-28, 85-44).

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