Regal team manager Stanley Au Kai-kwong slammed his team's performance - even though they beat Thailand's Bangkok Club 72-61 in the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) Champions Cup yesterday. Defending champions Regal, playing their second game of round-robin stage, were briefly taken aback when the all-Thai side stormed to a 13-4 lead after just four minutes. But Regal clawed their way back into the game and trailed 34-32 at half-time. Au said his players had taken the Thais too lightly and lost concentration during the game at Negara Stadium. 'We are definitely better than the Thais in terms of overall strength. We should have won the game comfortably,' said Au. 'Although mathematically we won, I treat it as a loss.' The Thais, who have been preparing for December's Asian Games in Bangkok, were quick and more athletic than most of the Regal players expected. To make matters vworse, Regal were off target with most of their three-pointers, making only seven of 24. ABC All-Star Yung Kam-wah was the only player hitting from beyond the arc in the first half. And the Thais had a better field goal percentage than Regal too - 54 per cent compared to the Hong Kong team's 50 per cent. Centre John Spencer was Regal's top scorer with 18 points, while Wayman Strickland had 17 and Yung 14. 'What we had planned was to increase the gap to at least 20 points in the first half so that Spencer could rest his knee injury,' said Au. 'I told the players before the game that we should not take the Thais lightly and should play seriously because we have to respect our opponents. 'However, we failed to do so and created unnecessary difficulty for ourselves. 'Now we are exhausted after the game and it will be even more difficult for us against the Japanese side.' Regal take on Toshiba Red Thunders today. The coach had plenty of criticism for the game officials, however, saying he may file a complaint to the ABC technical committee over referees Lee Peng-yeob of South Korea and Chang Moak-shing of Malaysia. In the day's other games, Japan edged Beeper 150 of the Philippines 88-86, Hanwei of China beat South Korean team Hyundai Dynat 83-66 (35-32) and Malaysia's Petronas beat NHSK of Ukbekistan 74-71 (37-34).