Japan’s 3×3 Runs End in Quarterfinals – NBC Southern California

A few hours after an inspiring run that included a win over the already-qualified United States, Japan’s women’s 3×3 basketball team lost 16-14 to France in the quarterfinals late Tuesday.

France advances to face the United States, which earned a bye to the semifinals.

China took a comfortable win in the other women’s quarterfinal, beating Italy 19-13 behind 11 points from Wang Lili. Next up for China: the ROC and Olga Frolkina, who shares the tournament scoring average lead with U.S. player Kelsey Plum at 6.3 points per game.

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Men’s competition

Two close games determined the last two semifinalists in the men’s 3×3 tournament.

First, the ROC knocked out the Netherlands 21-19 to advance to a semifinal matchup with undefeated Serbia. Then Latvia outmuscled a game Japanese team to win 21-18 and advance to face Belgium after Nauris Miezis scored the game’s last two points. Japan hit all seven of its 1-pointers but couldn’t convert from outside or stop Latvia from pounding the ball inside.