Latest Asian sports event 2016 FIBA Challenge schedule,result,recap Japan vs Korea replay and highlights.
12 Asian Team will face off the 2016 FIBA Challenge on September 9-18, 2016 in Tehran, Iran. 12 teams are; Japan, Korea,China, Jordan, Iran, Philippines, India, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Qatar, Iraq, Kazakhstan.
Preliminary Round 1st Game Recap
Japan vs Korea Replay,Result,Recap – 2016 FIBA Challenge
Japan have always been a strong contender in the FIBA Asia Challenge. They placed second in 2010 and 2012, and are certainly looking for another good showing here. Korea, on the other hand, have been absent from the last four editions of this tournament, and they hope to return with aplomb and open their account on a bright note.
TEHRAN (2016 FIBA Asia Challenge) – Korea bucked a slow start and kept Japan at bay in the endgame to be the first winners of the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge, 80-73, in Tehran, Iran. This win gives Korea the early lead in Group D of the tournament.
Turning Point: Japan last led at the end of the third quarter thanks to Ira Brown, but they couldn’t get much going to start the final frame. Korea came out of the fourth period with a 9-0 run that gave them enough cushion to cruise to their first win in group play.
Stats Don’t Lie: It was a well played defensive game for both teams, but Korea were the ones who capitalized better. Korea forced Japan to commit 14 turnovers and consequently turned these into 22 points. Japan, meanwhile, produced 8 fewer points off Korea’s errors.
Game Hero: Spitfire Korean guard Kim SunHyung led the victors with 22 points, 8 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds. He also hit 2 triples and keyed most of Korea’s important moments in the second half. Big man Kim JongKyu also did well with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double.
The Bottom Line: This match pretty much decided who would top Group D. These East Asian rivals fought hard with similar styles, but in the end the experience and poise of the Koreans proved to be the big difference. Korea take on SEABA team Thailand tomorrow and will probably go up 2-0, while Japan hope to bounce back against the Thais on Day 3.
Final Box Score Result:
TEAM KOREA: 80 –
J. LEE 5, S. KIM 30, H. HEO 3, U. HEO 2, S. CHO(C) 10, I. HEO 2, B. CHOI 5, J. KIM 24, S. LEE 21,
TEAM JAPAN: 73 –
N. TSUJI 6, Y. MITSUHARA 3, M. HIEJIMA 28, R. SHINOYAMA 0, A. OTA 11, R. HASHIMOTO(C) 3, Y. FUJII 0, T. FURUKAWA 10, I. BROWN 21,
Quarter Score Result:
1ST QUARTER: KOREA 13 points vs JAPAN 22 points
2ND QUARTER: KOREA 25 points vs JAPAN 12 points
3RD QUARTER: KOREA 16 points vs JAPAN 21 points
4TH QUARTER: KOREA 26 points vs JAPAN 18 points
Best player of the game:
Team KOREA: Sunhyung KIM – Points 22, Rebounds 3, Assists 8, Steals 5, Blocks 0, Efficiency+30.
Team JAPAN: Makoto HIEJIMA – Points 29, Rebounds 3, Assists 6, Steals 2, Blocks 1, Efficiency +28.
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