AS far as Chinese Taipei naturalized center Quincy Davis is concerned, the Taiwanese have already exceeded expectations in the 27th Fiba-Asia men’s championships, which came to a close on Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 6-foot-8 Davis felt they played really well for much of the tournament, except during the semifinals when they lost to Iran, 79-60, before bowing to South Korea, 75-57 in the bronze medal game.
“Obviously, Korea was a tough team. They (Koreans) just came out and shot the ball exceptionally well while we just couldn’t get together,” Davis said after the game, where he finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes of play.
But on the brighter side, Davis mentioned that Chinese-Taipei simply needs more time to jell, practice its outside shooting and continue to get better on defense in order to make a more solid run in the future.
“I see this team as very strong. With me coming in and being part of this team, it gave us a lot of hope since we only had a few weeks to work together,” he added,
Davis is convinced that his team’s huge 96-78 rout of deposed Asian champion China in their knockout quarterfinal round duel speaks well of Chinese Taipei’s rise to basketball prominence in the region.
That game saw the Taiwanese recover from an 18-point first-half deficit behind their impeccable outside shooting along with the inspired plays and defensive presence of Davis.
The Tulane University alumnus also held his own against China’s three seven-footers — NBA veterans Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jian Lian, as well as Chinese youth standout Wang Zhelin.
“I think we opened a lot of eyes because we started out very, very strong in the tournament,” he said.
“I don’t think everybody expect us to come out strong. We showed some heart though we haven’t struggled like this (losses in the semifinals and the bronze medal game) the whole tournament.
“I don’t know if we’re tired or what not but it’s not an excuse. I think we gained a lot of respect just with the game we played so I think the future is bright for Chinese Taipei,” added the 30-year-old Davis, who became the team’s naturalized player only in July.