Uzbekistan beat Hong Kong 86-47 at the 23rd men's FIBA Asia Basketball Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday. The match was dominated by Uzbekistan, who built up a 46-15 lead at half-time.
Three Hong Kong players scored double figures, including Law Man-kwong who had 11 points, but they couldn't prevent a fifth straight loss in the competition, following defeats to India, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait.
Hong Kong faced Kazakhstan last night, and will play Malaysia today in the 15th-16th place ranking game.
The Hong Kong Basketball Association has included several young players in the squad, hoping that they will be able to fill the gap left by the retirement of veterans Sung Fong and Yung Kam-wah.
Led by head coach Mak Kam-fai, the squad includes only three experienced players - Poon Chi-ho and Yung Man-tak of Winling, and Leung Kwok-shing of Fukien.
The majority of them have little experience at senior level although they have represented the national youth team and have been outstanding in inter-school competitions.
Two years ago Hong Kong finished in 13th place, ahead of the Philippines, Kuwait and Uzbekistan.