India go down to Japan in their opener

By | September 25, 2019

Bengaluru, 24 Sept 2019: India suffered a jolt losing to Japan 27-103 on the opening day of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Division-A basketball tournament at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Japanese players during the India match on Tuesday at Kanteerava.

The defending champion ranked much above India at No.10 were a strong side and India could not match them in any of the quarters and meekly surrendered to their better opponents. The Japanese hoopsters indulged in both offensive and defensive areas admirably and speeded to their target repeatedly while India had no room to go for their baskets.

Himawari Akaho was the top scorer for the visitors scoring 23 points while point guard Rui Machida was in her elements moving at ease to support the play. It was Akaho who drew the first blood with a three pointer from the corner with skipper Maki Takada adding one more in quick succession following a quick fast-break.

In other matches, South Korea beat Chinese Taipei 48-44 in a tight match while Australian defeated Phillippines 123-57. China edged past New Zealand 67-44.

For India, Shireen Limaye top scored with 11 points. India will take on South Korea in the next Group-A match on Wednesday.

The results:

Group A: South Korea 48 (Minjeong Kim 10) bt Chinese Taipei 44 (I-Hsiu Cheng 10).

Japan 103 (Himawari Akaho 23, Sanae Motokawa 16, Saki Hayashi 11, Evelyn Mawuli 11, Moeko Nagaoka 10) bt India 27 (Shireen Limaye 11).

Group B: Australia 123 (Ezi Magbegor 18, Jenna O’Hea 17, Cayla George 11, Sara Blicavs 11, Bec Allen 11, Abby Bishop 11, Steph Talbot 11, Lauren Marie Nicholshon 10) bt Philippines 57 (Gemma Miranda 17, Afril Bernardino 15).

China 67 (Yuan Li 13, Shao Ting 13, Tongtong Wu 10) bt New Zealand 44 (Micaela Cocks 10).

Category: Basketball

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