The Japanese team came to the FIBA World Cup with much expectation, but their NBA talents could not make a deal against a strong Turkey.
The Japanese team did not have a good memory on returning to the FIBA World Cup after 13 years. They took a dramatic defeat with 67-86 score against Turkey, extending the series of failures against European teams to 8.
Turkey entered the scene very quickly thanks to good throwers like Ersan Ilyasova or Melih Mahmutoglu. Iliaysova had 8 points in the first half, while Mahmutoglu also brought 9 points, contributing greatly to help the European representatives lead 28-12 minutes after the first 10 minutes of the match.
Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe were somewhat silent in the first half of the match, but the Japanese team still rose in the second half thanks to accurate 3-point throws. They successfully made 6/7 first throws 3 points. 4 points at the end of the second half of Hachimura helped Asia representatives shorten the gap to 12 points.
However, that is also the best they can do. Japan in the next 2 rounds completely exhausted before Turkey. The shots on the bottom of the Asian team are easily countered, while Turkey plays perfectly and does not reveal any weaknesses to the opponent.
Japan completely lost the area under the basket when striker Nick Fazekas proved too slow compared to the opponent. Turkey easily attacked this weakness. Although the former ABL star still showed the attacking qualities with 15 points, including 3 successful 3 points, but he absolutely could not keep up with the World Cup level.
The throwing rate of 3 points in Japan also decreased significantly in the second half. They only got 2 more successful long throws thanks to Daichi Tanaka, missed the remaining 12 throws in the second half of the match. Failure in every way, Japan received a worthy defeat. This is their 13th defeat in a total of 15 matches in the group stage of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Turkey temporarily occupied the top position.