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Japan narrowly beats China to win FIBA Asia Cup

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Japan celebrates after beating China to win the FIBA Asia Cup on Sunday. (Photo: Amjad Al-Taweel/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Japan won the Asia Basketball Cup for the sixth time in its history, with a 78-73 victory over China (36-39 in the first half), in their match on Saturday at Prince Hamzeh Hall, Sports City.اضافة اعلان

In turn, Australia won the bronze medal, beating South Korea by 88-58 (47-32 in the first half), while New Zealand came in fifth after beating sixth place Chinese Taipei by 74-59 (38-29 in the first half). The Philippines took seventh place after beating India 74-70 (39-34 in the first half). 

The Asian Basketball Federation also announced the all-stars list, which included: Sijing Huang (China), Yueru Li (China), Samantha Whitcomb (Australia), Saori Miyazaki (Japan), and Himawari Akaho (Japan).

Himawari Akaho was chosen as the MVP of the championship. 
Saori Miyazaki stood out on the Japanese team, with a “double double,” scoring 26 points with 7 follow-ups, 11 passes, and 2 steals, while Yueru Li was the top player on the Chinese team, scoring 16 points with 11 follow-ups, 2 passes, and 3 blocks.

Samantha Whitcomb was Australia’s most outstanding player, scoring 15 points, 9 follow-ups, 8 passes, and 1 steal.

Park Jihyun was South Korea’s best player, scoring 17 points, 6 follow-ups, 2 passes, and 1 steal. 

While in terms of team numbers, Australia’s players scored 6 fast-breaks, compared to 2 from the Korea, and their substitutes were more effective, scoring 35 points to 22, while South Korea and Australia were equal with the number of turnovers, recording 7 per team.

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