Opals bow down to Japan yet again

In the final game of the 2019 FIBA Women's Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Opals have once again fallen to their arch rivals Japan. While both sides had already booked tickets to one of the four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in February 2020, Australia were keen to turn the tables on Japan who had come up trumps on both the 2017 and 2019 FIBA Asia Cups. Yet a three-point shooting onslaught in the first quarter put Japan on a pathway to victory, eventually prevailing 82-69.

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