Strong start not enough as Opals fall to Jap…

For the second time in as many tournaments, Japan have secured victory over Australia at the FIBA Asia Cup, moving to the gold medal game with a 76-64 win. The Opals had set the game up nicely with a 17-6 start to the game, but a 5-20 second quarter undid their good work and handed Japan the momentum, which they parlayed into the 12-point victory. Jenna O’Hea led three Opals in double figures with 12 points, but a monster 19-point, 15-rebound double-double from Yuki Miyazawa and 22 points from Nako Motohashi led Japan to victory.

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