But things didn't go as organisers may have expected.
"I was really focused each game and each point. Especially against top players, one point can make the difference. So I had to stay very calm and keep going," the world number 50 added.
"We are delighted to enter this exciting new partnership with TCL, following our hugely successful collaboration over the last two years," FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said.
TCL, founded in 1981, is one of the leading consumer electronics companies in China and has expanded its business to over 160 countries and regions worldwide.
"I have to explain my philosophy to my players, but it is not possible without playing football. This is a key issue that needs to be taken into consideration," Skocic said.
Photos of Bale in the stands in those games showed the forward looking bored and willing to show that boredom by appearing to be half asleep at times, knowing he would not play.
Under the terms of the four-year agreement, TCL is granted exclusivity in the categories of home appliances including TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners.
The organizers designed a route with a 17km climb before the finish line, which seemed like it might bring about some interesting developments on the rugged, narrow mountain road.
"Our original partnership was mainly focused on the World Cup in China. We are thrilled that this has now expanded to be a more all-encompassing partnership across all FIBA competitions."
Fourth seed Naomi Osaka of Japan booked her place in the third round with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win over Italy's Camila Giorgi.
The new, expanded agreement assures TCL key commercial rights across all FIBA competitions including the Men's and Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, FIBA Continental Cups for both Men and Women, FIBA Youth World Cups, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 and FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023.