Korea men’s basketball defeats Japan to finish 7th…

The South Korean men’s basketball team defeated Japan in the seventh and eighth place match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games to finish in seventh place.

The men’s basketball team, led by head coach Chu Il-seung, defeated Japan 74-55 in the seventh and eighth place match at the Hangzhou Asian Games at Zhejiang University Zijin River Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, on Saturday.

The South Korean men’s basketball team had its medal hopes dashed by a 70-84 loss to host China in the quarterfinals on March 3, and fell to Iran 82-89 in the fifth-to-eighth place game on Thursday.

South Korea’s previous best finish in men’s basketball at the Asian Games was fifth in Doha in 2006, but this time they lost in the fifth to eighth place game as well.

In the 7th-8th place game against Japan, the Koreans held a slim 19-18 lead after one quarter, then went on a 41-25 run in the second quarter and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way to close out the tournament.

Moon Jung-hyun, making his professional debut after being selected by Suwon KT with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s KBL rookie draft, scored a team-high 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and pulled down eight rebounds, while Kim Jong-kyu (DB) added 15 points and Lee Jung-hyun (Sono) chipped in 13 points and eight assists. Ragan-ah (KCC) added 11 rebounds and nine points.

Earlier in the day at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, the Philippines defeated Jordan 70-60 to regain their Asian Games men’s basketball supremacy 61 years after the 1962 event. The silver medal was Jordan’s first Asian Games men’s basketball podium finish.

In the bronze medal game, defending champions and the most decorated men’s basketball team of all time (eight), host China defeated Chinese Taipei 101-73 to take the bronze. 안전놀이터

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