The men’s 3×3 national team suffered a disappointing defeat despite a persistent chase. The details of the outer defense at each critical point were disappointing.

The Republic of Korea 3×3 men’s basketball team lost 17-21 against Japan in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games 3×3 men’s basketball Group B preliminary round held at the Deqing Geospatial Park court in Hangzhou, China on the 28th (Korean time).

The national team got off to a good start with two consecutive wins, with easy wins over Iran and Maldives. In order for the national team to advance directly to the quarterfinals, which was their primary goal, they had to defeat their archrival, Japan. 

It was a disappointing game. At one point, the defeat was deep, with the gap widening to 7 points, but the national team warmed up late and chased down to a 2-point gap. However, it was disappointing that they were unable to overcome the critical point as they lost concentration in the perimeter defense and gave up two-point shots repeatedly in chasing opportunities. The national team hit eight two-point shots against Japan on this day (the national team only succeeded in one two-point shot). It was also disappointing that free throw accuracy (FT 2/7) fell.

The national team did not get off to a good start. He used his height advantage to actively hit the bottom of the goal, but his field goal accuracy was poor. During this time, Haruaki Tanaka and Takumi Shimokawa hit 2-point shots, allowing a 3-point lead.

About 5 minutes had passed since the start of the game, and as the national team got closer to the halfway point, instead of keeping up, they allowed Japan to make two-point shots one after another, widening the gap further.

However, this was not a national team that would collapse like this. It was a national team that showed its true colors after the last minute. As if it had been triggered late, the momentum was brought about by Seo Myung-jin’s 2-pointer and Lee Doo-won’s goal from below the goal. Within a minute, Lee Doo-won added 2 points with a basket count following a spin move, and the team went back to chasing by 2 points, and made a final effort.

However, 45 seconds before the end, Haruaki was hit with a 2-point shot, and then Kim Dong-hyun’s foul gave Japan a chance to end the game. In the end, the national team gave up a free throw to Japan and lost by 4 points.

The national team was put in a situation where they had to weigh a complicated number of cases due to their defeat against Japan. If Iran wins the match between Iran and Turkmenistan that will be held soon, the three teams will be tied with Korea 2 wins and 1 loss, Japan 2 wins and 1 loss, and Iran 2 wins and 1 loss.스포츠토토

The national team will play the final match of the preliminary round against Turkmenistan at 2:25 p.m. on the 29th. In order to advance directly to the quarterfinals, a victory against Turkmenistan became essential for the national team.

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