South Korea’s men’s basketball team upset Japan in its final game of the Asian Games to finish in seventh place.
South Korea defeated Japan 74-55 in the men’s basketball seventh and eighth place match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Saturday at Zhejiang Dazhijinggang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China.
Heo Hoon (28) and Jeon Sung-hyun (31) did not play in the game.
With the exception of one player, Japan returned the same lineup that started the Group D match on Sept. 30. 카지노사이트777
The Korean National Team held a slim 19-18 lead against Japan through the first quarter.
But in the second quarter, as Japan self-destructed with a series of passing mistakes and fouls, Lee Woo-seok (24) and Moon Jung-hyun (22) combined for three 3-pointers to push the lead to 41-25.
Japan made six 3-pointers in the third and fourth quarters to try to pull away, but Lee (24) and Moon (22) matched each other with five 3-pointers.
The men’s team, led by Chu Il-seung, ended the tournament with a chance to avenge their helpless defeat against Korea on March 30, the day that started the whole nightmare.
However, it will be difficult to fully wash away the disappointment of finishing the Asian Games empty-handed and without a medal after 17 years.
The team’s seventh-place finish is the lowest ever by a Korean men’s basketball team at an Asian Games, with the previous lowest being fifth place at the 2006 Doha Games.