BASKETBALL: China Upset Japan To Win Women’s Asia Cup Title

 
China rallied to claim its first women’s basketball Asia Cup title since 2012 as they beat five-time defending champion Japan 73-71 in an epic final on Sunday (Today).

Trailing at halftime it appeared China may fall for a third consecutive time in a title game as reigning champions Japan scored the last 14 points of the first half to lead by nine points.

Led by player of the tournament center Xu Han, China seized the momentum early in the third quarter and took what proved a match-winning lead late in the game to end their 12-year wait for a gold medal in front of a large crowd in Sydney.

The victory snapped Japan’s dominance in the tournament dating back to Bangkok in 2013 and ended the Tokyo Olympic silver medallist’s dream of making it six in a row.

Hosts Australia took bronze for the third consecutive tournament after crushing New Zealand 81-59.

All four semi-finalists in the eight-team competition secured a place at the 2024 Paris Olympic qualifying tournament.

The next challenge for the Chinese women’s basketball players will be the Asian Games, which will be held in Hangzhou, China, in September.

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