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Japan vs. Czech Republic final score: Hachimura’s performance not enough in 89-76 loss

Tomas Satoransky led the Czech Republic to a key win. But the Wizards rookie still came up big.

Japan v Czech Rep: Group E - FIBA World Cup 2019
Tomas Satoransky and Rui Hachimura faced off for the first time on Tuesday afternoon in Shanghai.
Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Japan lost to the Czech Republic 89-76 on Tuesday in their FIBA World Cup group stage match in Shanghai, China.

Rui Hachimura led Japan, scoring 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Nick Fazekas added 12 points and 10 rebounds while Yuta Watanabe scored 15 points. Japan shot a much better 55 percent from the field.

However, the Czechs did a superb job taking care of the basketball, turning the ball over five times. The Japanese, however, committed 14 turnovers. Japan finished the first quarter with an 18-all tie, but the Czechs’ depth came through in each of the remaining quarters.

Wizards alum (and now-Chicago Bulls) guard Tomas Satoransky put on a show to lead his team and country. He scored 15 points and dished 7 assists. Jaromir Bohacik and Blake Schilb added 22 points each.

Team Japan will finish their group stage matches against the United States on Thursday, Sept. 5.