Game Photos. Game Details and Stats
TOKYO, Japan (4th FIBA Asia Cup): Uzbekistan began their campaign in the 4th FIBA Asia Cup with a rather comfortable 81-61 win on Saturday, that should come in handy for their hopes of gaining a play-off berth from Group A.
Aleksandr Kozlov, for a long time now, the flag-bearer of Uzbekistan basketball in many an itnerantional events provided the spark for the CABA team, once again, after a scrappy first half.
The 30-year-old forward shrugged off a forgettable 2/6 field shooting in the first two quarters went on to finish with an impressive 10/17 in shooting for his 24 points, 19 of them coming in the second half.
Kozlov also pulled down 14 rebounds, in the process returning the first double-double of the event.
Vyacheslav Denisov had 19 points, 17 of them coming in the second half.
Lao Fu In came up with a consolatory game-high 21 points for Macau, who are playing their first FIBA Asia event in the senior action after a 25-year-gap.