NEW DELHI, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — China held off Japan’s late rally to win 54-51 and arrange the ultimate with Australia on the FIBA U18 Women’s Asian Championship in Bengaluru, India on Saturday.
China nearly squandered a 15-point lead after three quarters, seeing their opponents come to as shut as two factors late within the last interval. After Hu Duoling transformed certainly one of two free throws with eight seconds to play, China did effectively in defending Japan’s potential game-tying shot from past the arc to come back by way of.
China, the match’s winner up to now 5 editions, will face Australia, who overcame Chinese Taipei 70-61 earlier on Saturday, within the title rivalry match on Sunday.
Both China and Japan did not hit 40% in discipline targets in what was a defense-oriented match, with China outrebounding Japan 46-41.
Chu Huixuan shot 7 of 10 from the sector to contribute a game-high 18 factors. Li Wenxia and Hu Duoling added 15 and 11 factors respectively.
China misplaced 76-59 to Japan and completed third in Group B with a win-loss document of 1-2 whereas securing their semifinal berth after beating South Korea 70-53 on Friday.
China did study one thing from their defeat in group matches, akin to the way to prohibit their opponents’ quick breaks, they usually led 13-12 when the primary quarter ran out.
Chu and Li fueled China early within the second quarter with consecutive 3-pointers, and China prolonged their benefit to 9 factors at halftime.
Hu’s one other shot from 3-point vary initiated an 8-2 surge for China, who led by as many as 15 factors halfway by way of the third quarter.
After Japan scored six factors in a row to open the fourth quarter, Hu completed a second-chance basket to halt China’s scoring drought. Feng Guoguo’s layup steadied China when Japan approached at 45-51, and China lastly escaped with a victory as Japan’s determined 3-pointer hit the rim.
Chinami Yokoyama and Haru Owaki scored 10 factors every for Japan, who will face Chinese Taipei within the third-place recreation on Sunday.