Gems' Asian title hopes crushed in semi-fina…

Although they qualified for the 2019 Under 19 World Cup by defeating New Zealand in a sudden death playoff the previous evening, there will be no Asian Championship gold medal for the Gems in 2018 after going down 90-77 to Japan in the semifinal. It was a fast-paced game that saw the Japanese side dictate the tempo for the most part. After putting together a devastating 21-2 run to round out the second quarter that saw the Gems lead at half time, it proved to be their only extended period of dominance as Japan rolled to victory in the second half.

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