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BASKETBALL | Japan Splits a Pair of Weekend Home Games in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

The Akatsuki Five edged Taiwan before falling to Australia in Okinawa.



Japan guard Yudai Nishida drives to the basket against Taiwan in a 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifier at Okinawa Arena on February 26. (FIBA.BASKETBALL)


The Japan men’s national basketball team, continuing its development under new head coach Tom Hovasse, enjoyed a narrow victory and experienced a blowout loss over the weekend.

Japan eked out a 76-71 victory over Taiwan in Okinawa on Saturday, February 26.

In the weekend-opening win, starting shooting guard Yudai Nishida paced Japan with 27 points on 9-for-13 shooting. He added three rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a stellar all-around effort.

Nishida had 14 points in the pivotal fourth quarter, when Japan outscored Taiwan 27-18.

The Akatsuki Five then dropped their second weekend game on Sunday, February 27, falling to world No. 3 Australia 80-64 in a 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Group B qualifier at Okinawa Arena. Yuki Togashi led Japan with 19 points.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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