China Daily

Captain Zhou wants tougher Team China

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Team China captain Zhou Peng says improving the squad’s physicalit­y and ball handling will be key to developing the men’s national squad in the future.

China booked a spot in the FIBA Asia Cup later this year after notching a perfect record of four straight wins in their recent qualifiers in the Philippine­s.

“From the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, we found that as a team in a transition process, we need to improve our physical competitiv­eness in internatio­nal matches and become more mature with better communicat­ion in our ball movement,” he said.

The Chinese team will remain in the Philippine­s before heading to Canada for the Olympic qualifying tournament, where they will square off against Canada and Greece.

“Both sides are strong. We need to keep a stable mindset and go all out to challenge them,” Zhou added. “Hopefully, we can produce highqualit­y games and achieve better results.”

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