There were one too many errors in the way Indian women played almost the entire duration of the first quarter. Their defense looked rather sluggish as the nimble-footed Vietnamese made repeated inroads through the centre - as if it was a continuation of the pre-match lay-up session. But Geethu Anna Jose, who top scored yet again for India in addition to collecting 18 rebounds, with her Clubmate Anitha Pauldurai led scoring runs of 13-0 and 16-0 in the early stages of the second quarter, which took the wind off the Vietnamese sails.
"I must admit we were a little relaxed in the first quarter," Indian coach Sat Prakash said. "It was a kind of wake-up call if we have to have any hopes of making the Level I grade," he added.
"I must reiterate that my team is playing at this Championship for the first time," said Vietnam's Korean coach Kim Gye Oan. "I can only feel happy for the experience."
India 111 (Geethu Anna Jose 34, Anitha Pauldurai 20, Divya Singh 18) bt Vietnam 62 (Nguyen Thi Ngoc Ha 14, Dao Thi Yen Ngoc12, Nguyen Thi Hue 11). (Quarterwise: 19-20, 56-24, 83-38).
Kin Ho strikes form
Hong Kong, on the other hand, began steadfastly and grew in confidence and cohesion as the game progressed. Point guard Koon Kin Ho struck timely form mixing her drive-ins judiciously with some precise perimeter shooting along with making some brisk plays to cut open the rival defense.
"I think we are improving by the day," said Hong Kong's Assistant coach Wu Lai Fong. "Two wins from as many matches sounds a good prospect to hope for a better standing than we expected," she said. "I really hope things work out for us against India (on Wednesday)."
Wu also justified using Koon for longer periods than on the opening day. "I thought since she is quick and height difference between the teams was not much, I would use her more in this match. And she rose to the occasion."
Hong Kong 91 (Koon Kin Ho 19, Lo Hiu Fong 12) bt Sri Lanka 51 (G Silva 14) (Quarterwise: 22-10, 54-18, 72-32).
Uzbeks down Singapore
Uzbekistan made the best use of their height advantage to keep their hopes alive for qualification by beating Singapore. The latter suffered their second successive defeat.
Uzbekistan 71 (Irina Averyanova 18, Tatyana Kildyusheva 17, Yelena Khushnitdinova 13, Vera Titova 11) bt Singapore 57 (Zhou Lei 12, Tan Yee Nee 12, Lee Jee Ling 11) (Quarterwise: 23-14, 43-25, 58-36)