FIBA has decided to postpone the 2021 Asia Cup Qualifiers’ third window matches between Guam and Hong Kong in Bahrain due to the restrictions imposed by the host country.
The status of those games supposed to be held on Feb. 19 and 21 will be decided at a later stage. There remains no news regarding the other games to be held in the Manama bubble.
The other Group C game between New Zealand and Australia, meanwhile, will take place as scheduled on Feb. 20 in Cairns, Australia.
It has been almost a year since Guam and Hong Kong played in the Qualifiers. The two teams last saw action in the opening window last year against the squads from Oceania and lost.
Guam, reinforced by professional players including PBA’s very own Jericho Cruz, got crushed by New Zealand, 94-113.
The shifty NLEX guard was set for another tour of duty with the Guamanian crew spearheaded by Curtis Washington, who served as an import for the Road Warriors in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.
Hong Kong, on the other hand, got mauled by defending FIBA Asia Cup champions Australia by a huge margin, 52-115.
Group C teams did not play games in the previous window as all four deemed it unsafe to depart their respective countries due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.