LONDON, United Kingdom (2012 London Olympics): Coach Sun Fengwu chose not to read too much into his team’s 66-57 win in the opening game of the women’s basketball competition on Saturday instead confining his reaction to “I am satisfied with the result.” Game report
“I think we carried a lot of enthusiasm into the game and that transformed into their speedy and spirited display in the early part of the game,” he added.
“Although I do think this is a very important win against a very good opponent, we need to double our efforts as the days progress,” the coach added.
“This was a contest of speed and size. We won the contest because we controlled the tempo of the game,” Sun Fengwu said.
“The Czech Republic is a strong team. They have size and shooters. The speed is the only weapon we have and we used it well. They didn’t play their usual game,” Sun Fengwu, himself a triple Olympian – having represented China at the 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics – said.
“This year, we did a good job of focusing on the process,” he said.
“It’s much better than to focus on the results because it’s been a great help for our attitude towards training and games, our mindset, our mentality.
“It’s always better to do that than to focus on the consequences.”
“I think all the players were hungry for this win. The youngsters were keen to prove themselves and the experienced ones showed the proper way,” he added.
“Like I said, we went into the game well prepared without underestimating our opponents. And we executed our plans very well,” the 50-year-old coach said.
“They had the height advantage and we had speed. It was a case of David beating the Goliath,” Sun Fengwu chuckled.
The Chinese coach was also of the opinion that the opening game of the basketball competition at the 2012 London Olympics set the right tone for the remainder of the Games.
“Both teams played hard and worked really hard at both ends of the floor,” Sun Fengwu said.