Even with an NBA veteran in Jarvis Hayes as its naturalized player, Qatar national coach Tom Wisman remains unimpressed with the way his team has played in its two-game sweep of its group-stage matches.
“This (performance) is not exactly the way we wanted to play the game tonight. We ended up taking more three-point shots than two-point shots because our objective was to get to play inside than outside,” Wisman said after Qatar manhandled a hapless Hong Kong five, 87-64.
The Qataris shot the lights out of the Mall of Asia Arena with their 15 three-point shots on 40 attempts.
Hayes, the 6-6 10th pick overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2003 NBA Draft, led the Qataris with 25 points while going 5-of-6 from downtown.
Wisman, though, remains cautious, especially as his team will be facing quicker foes in Chinese Taipei and the Philippines come the second round which begins on Monday.
“We didn’t play as well as we could have but every game, we try to improve,” explained Qatar guard Ali Saad Abdulrahman, who had a rough shooting night against Hong King with his one-of-10 shooting.
The Qataris, who came back from a double-digit deficit to beat the Japanese on opening day, are looking forward to improving their defense, especially when they go up against the Taiwanese and the Filipinos who have good outside shooters.
“Defensively, we’ve got to improve with the game. We’re not the quickest team in the tournament so we need to learn to play against quicker teams, against teams that can create and penetrate,” added Wisman.