Japan lost 86-67 to Turkey in their first group stage game in the FIBA World Cup on Sunday afternoon in Shanghai, China.
The Turkish raced to a 28-12 lead and never looked back. Two stats stood out. Turkey shot 52.1 percent overall while holding Japan to just 38.5 percent shooting overall. They also outrebounded the Japanese 44-26.
Ersan Ilyasova led the Turkish with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Melih Mahmutoglu added 17 points while shooting 7-of-10 from the field.
Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura co-led Japan’s scorers with 15 points but he also shot 3-of-10 from the field. Despite the inefficient performance, Hachimura also shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line. His highlight of the game was this second quarter dunk over Ilyasova on the fast break.
Nick Fazekas also added 15 points but shot 6-of-9 from the field and also shot 3-of-5 from the three-point line.
The Wizards now have a Japanese language correspondent in Zac Ikuma. Watch his feature from last night here.
Tommy Sheppard is excited to see Hachimura representing his country as well.