Co-favorites Australia won the Basketball World Cup in Asia and finished tied with Japan. Veteran Patty Mills led Olympic bronze medalist Japan 109:89 (57:35) in front of 7,374 spectators in Okinawa on Tuesday (August 29, 2023).
Australians are better bowlers NBA– Young star Josh Giede with 28 points. The Japanese defended themselves bravely two days after their surprise win over Finland, but despite loud support from enthusiastic fans, they were physically unable to continue.
Japan had already been kicked out
That means all hopes of a World Cup coup by the hosts are over after five days. Japan will compete in the 17th to 32nd place games on Thursday and Saturday.
Germany and Australia will play in the intermediate round for tickets to the final in Manila. Opponents will most likely be former European champions Slovenia with star player Luka Doncic and Georgia. The final decision on the rest of the group will not be made until Wednesday.
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