India put up a great fight against a strong Japan team but lost out on their chance to qualify for the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022, a 90-85 defeat at the FIBA U16 Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar on Friday. faced.
A loss against a stronger opponent meant India missed out on a chance to make the semi-finals.
The young Akatsuki Five led all the way after first claiming the lead after 21 seconds, but India was never far behind. For Japan, the lead in the middle of the match was as big as 15 points, but India closed the gap in the game with a single point delay.
The dagger that won the game for Japan was Yuto Kawashima’s three-pointer with less than 30 seconds to spare, making it a two-possession game. The clutch shot for Kawashima in another outstanding game played by the youngster was the icing on the cake.
His 32 points are the highest score by any player in the competition this year, while his 17-rebound performance ranks as the top-5 in total rebounds in a single game, according to a report on the FIBA website. is according to.
Aside from Kawashima’s late-game triple, three-point shooting was crucial for Japan in this matchup. Kawashima himself received 6 three-pointers on 10 attempts and Japan got 5 more long-range shots from Ijiro Ogawa, who had another double-digit scoring game.
India once again made a valiant effort under the leadership of Kushal and Lokendra Singh. Kushal nearly matched Kawashima’s tournament-high and instead tied his personal high with 31 points, while also scoring 9 rebounds and three steals. Lokendra added in 20 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
But in the end, the efforts fell short by a narrow margin.
Japan were rewarded for their hard-earned efforts in this hard-earned victory against a tough opponent with semi-finals and qualification for the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 to be played in Málaga, Spain from July 2–10.
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