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.
@rui_8mura (11p/6r) goes STRONG to the rim! #FIBAWC #JapanGotGame— NBA (@NBA) September 1, 2019
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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.
From Shanghai, our digital correspondent @ikumaisaac set the scene from Team Japan practice ahead of Sunday's opener against Turkey!#FIBAWC | @rui_8mura pic.twitter.com/oyeIX0Uwve— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) September 1, 2019
Tommy Sheppard is excited to see Hachimura representing his country as well.
Checking in with Tommy Sheppard, who has been traveling with Rui and Team Japan, before the team's first game against Turkey! #FIBAWC | @JAPANBASKETBALL pic.twitter.com/I7qwI0qkAW— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) September 1, 2019