JINAN, China (2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women): Chihiro Hagio opened the scoring the game in a brisk manner and a 12-2 run to close the first quarter propelled them further and Japan needed brooked no challenge from India in posting their second win in as many days in Level I with a 94-45 result on Monday.
Evelyn Mawuli (black jersey in pic above), the only remaining member from their team that won the silver medal two years ago at Pune, led Japan’s scoring with 15 points.
Coach Shinichiro Hayashi played all his players, each of them for at least 10 minutes and all of them scored – five of them, including Mawuli, in the double-digits.
“We wanted to keep them fresh, but at the same time we didn’t want give anybody too much rest,” Hayashi said.
“I was happy the way we spread the ball,” he added.
Japan had a total 22 assists Saori Miyazaki, the star in the win against China on the opening day, leading the way with 5 assists.
“I am happy we didn’t allow them any second chance points either,” he said.
Japan won the battle of boards too by a whopping 53-22 margin.
Barkha Sonkhar caught the eye on the Indian front with some crisp long-rangers and led their scoring with 15 points.
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