TOKYO, July. 27 (Xinhua) — China’s men’s 3×3 basketball team lost to Japan 21-16 here on Tuesday, ending their Tokyo Olympic journey with a 2-5 win-loss record.
Gao Shiyan finished with a team-high eight points for China, while Hu Jinqiu added three points and grabbed seven rebounds. Ryuto Yasuoka and Keisei Tominaga scored eight points apiece for Japan.
“Every match is a challenge. We played in the Olympic Games for the first time. It’s our dream and we fought for our dream. Each of us tried our best and fought to the last second,” said Hu Jinqiu after the game.
“It’s a great pity that we didn’t make it to the next round. No matter whether we win or lose, we face everything together.” added Hu. “We will keep training and playing hard to prove that the Chinese team is much more than this.”
After two opening defeats, China showcased their style of play in gutsy wins over Belgium and Poland on Monday.
Hu Jinqiu tops China’s points per game list with average 9.3 points as of July 27, and Gao Shiyan leads in key assists, with 17 in total.
After beating China, Japan will now advance into the quarterfinals. Poland will join China in leaving the tournament after losing 16-14 to Belgium on Tuesday.