Asian Games 2018: Round Up of Day 16 Basketball Results
On the penultimate day of basketball action at the 2018 Asian Games, it was all about the icing the classification rounds in both the men's and women's category.
In the Women's category, hosts Indonesia faced Mongolia for the 7th Spot Playoff game while Thailand and Kazakhstan faced off for the 5th spot Playoff games. In the Men's category, hosts Indonesia faced Japan for the 7th Spot Playoff game while Philippines and Syria faced off for the 5th spot Playoff games.
Here's a short summary of those four games:
Mongolia 66-82 Indonesia [7th-8th Spot Classification Game]
Leading from the start to finish, hosts Indonesia ensured the home crowd went home happy seeing their country grab their second win at the tournament. They opened up an 8-point lead after the first quarter but the game-changer was the second quarter, where they outscored Mongolia by 15 to take a 23-point lead into the locker rooms.
Mongolia had somewhat of a fightback when they cut down the lead by 5 points but 17 for the final 10 minutes was far too much to overcome. In fact, they were sort of equal to or better than the hosts in multiple stat categories - turnovers [+6], steals [+13] and offensive rebounds [-1] - but where it mattered most, they didn't help themselves.
At the end of the day, Indonesia just made more shots on lesser attempts. They made 28 field goals on 45.9% shooting while Mongolia made 23 on 31.9%. The free-throw differential of 10 in favor of Indonesia didn't help either.
Final Score: Mongolia 66-82 Indonesia [6-14, 16-31, 22-17, 22-20]. Bulbul Murat - 22 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals; Natasha Debby Christaline - 37 points, 4 assists and 2 steals on 54.5% shooting.
Thailand 64-71 Kazakhstan [5th-6th Spot Classification Game]
A close contest this one, something the 7-point margin doesn't do justice to. The game stats paint a different picture, however, one that Kazakhstan dominated but allows Thailand to hang in the game because of their 24 turnovers because otherwise, they were +10 on rebounds, +8 on blocks, +6 on FT's made.
Thailand could have had the game after leading by a slim margin of 2 points through the first 30 minutes but instead of expanding that lead, they ended up getting outscored 22 to 13 in the critical final quarter of the game.
Final Score: Thailand 64-71 Kazakhstan [15-17, 13-14, 23-18, 13-22]. Prajuapsook Kanokwan - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist on 63.6% shooting; Nadezhda Kondrakova - 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 steals on 75% shooting.
Japan 84-66 Indonesia [7th-8th Spot Classification Game]
Riding on the win in the women's category, the Indonesian men's basketball team had the opportunity to make the day sweeter for the home fans. Unfortunately, they faltered.
They finish 8th, registering only one win in the tournament. They ended up losing by 18 points, 15 of which the Japanese made up in the fourth and final quarter. Up until then, in the first 30 minutes, the Indonesian men only trailed 3 with the chance to win but when it mattered they couldn't stop the Japanese on either end of the floor by only scoring 12 and allowing 27 points.
The game stat paint a picture of a very disciplined Japanese squad - assisting on every one of their 27 field goals, committing only 8 turnovers [6 lesser than Indonesia] and recording 8 steals [doubling the tally of their opponents].
Final Score: Japan 84-66 Indonesia [21-20, 18-12, 18-22, 27-12]. Naoto Tsuji - 29 points and 1 assist on 57.1% 3-point shooting; Jamarr Andre Johnson - 23 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals.
Philippines 109-55 Syria [5th-6th Spot Classification Game]
Riding on their win, three days back, over Japan, the Philippines needed one more win to seal the 5th spot in the final classification of the competition. And they did just that led by their NBA star and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson.
Clarkson had his best shooting night of the tournament, making 60% of his shots. Meanwhile, three other Philippines players also finished in double figures in a game that they absolutely dominated right from the beginning. The Philippines already had a 22-point lead after the first 10 minutes of the game.
Syria were simply outmatched in the game and it showed all across the game stats: -19 in rebounds, -22 in assists and a shooting percentage of 28.8% while allowing their opponents made their shots at a clip of 47.8%.
Final Score: Philippines 109-55 Syria [21-20, 18-12, 18-22, 27-12]. Jordan Clarkson - 29 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds on 60% shooting; Tarek Aljabi - 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 steals on 75% shooting.