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judasmartel
07-06-2016, 03:16 AM
Do or die game for both Czech Republic and Japan.

The Philippines and Iran played inspired ball games against France and Mexico, respectively. Now is their turn to do the same against the Czechs. They should watch how these two teams played and pick up some notes from there.

If you're coming out of this tournament a loser, might as well do it in a blaze of glory.

CKR13
07-06-2016, 10:19 PM
A much better improvement for Japan compared to their game against Latvia. Japan managed to trim an 18 point decifit into a 55-45 crisis but Czech Republic rallied and it was game over.

Things don't look good for Japan's automatic berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics given this OQT performance and the JOC still pushing for basketball to be played in Saitama instead in the heart of Tokyo.

Good news is that Takeuchi twins are still committed to play through 2017 but Japan needs to escalate big man development as the twins turn 31 this year.

Steadysoul
07-07-2016, 12:10 AM
A much better improvement for Japan compared to their game against Latvia. Japan managed to trim an 18 point decifit into a 55-45 crisis but Czech Republic rallied and it was game over.

Things don't look good for Japan's automatic berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics given this OQT performance and the JOC still pushing for basketball to be played in Saitama instead in the heart of Tokyo.

Good news is that Takeuchi twins are still committed to play through 2017 but Japan needs to escalate big man development as the twins turn 31 this year.

Japan will be fine for 2020. Unlike the Brits they've been fielding teams continuously and competing. And unlike Brazil they don't owe any money(as far as we know).

CKR13
07-07-2016, 12:25 AM
Japan will be fine for 2020. Unlike the Brits they've been fielding teams continuously and competing. And unlike Brazil they don't owe any money(as far as we know).

Japan's competence on the court is a conundrum, but what FIBA had really raised was staging the olympic tournament in Saitama, not Tokyo. JOC has denied request from the federation to erect a temporary stadium for basketball.

Steadysoul
07-07-2016, 02:33 AM
Japan's competence on the court is a conundrum, but what FIBA had really raised was staging the olympic tournament in Saitama, not Tokyo. JOC has denied request from the federation to erect a temporary stadium for basketball.

Can't really blame a country for not wanting to waste money. It's a costly event and erecting building you don't plan on using is a waste when you have other options. Location is a pretty petty reason to take an auto qualifier. They'll huff and puff for the next 3 years.

judasmartel
07-07-2016, 02:41 AM
Can't really blame a country for not wanting to waste money. It's a costly event and erecting building you don't plan on using is a waste when you have other options. Location is a pretty petty reason to take an auto qualifier. They'll huff and puff for the next 3 years.

But this is FIBA we are talking about. They changed the qualifying system for the next Olympic cycle for no real reason other than trying to make the FIBA World Cup just as prestigious, if not more, as Olympic basketball.

judasmartel
07-07-2016, 02:50 AM
A much better improvement for Japan compared to their game against Latvia. Japan managed to trim an 18 point decifit into a 55-45 crisis but Czech Republic rallied and it was game over.

Credits to the Takeuchi twins for holding their ground against the European bigs, they are just too good right now.

What happened to Hiejima? He didn't show up on the scoreboards as far as I can see, was he checked by the Europeans?

CKR13
07-07-2016, 03:14 AM
Can't really blame a country for not wanting to waste money. It's a costly event and erecting building you don't plan on using is a waste when you have other options. Location is a pretty petty reason to take an auto qualifier. They'll huff and puff for the next 3 years.

Yes. Unlike China, Japan is constrained when it comes to infrastructure and actual space for a basketball stadium in crowded Tokyo. Initially, JBA offered the Yoyogi Gymnasium, but it did not pass FIBA's standards.

CKR13
07-07-2016, 03:15 AM
Credits to the Takeuchi twins for holding their ground against the European bigs, they are just too good right now.

What happened to Hiejima? He didn't show up on the scoreboards as far as I can see, was he checked by the Europeans?

Hiejima was just flat out disappointing in this tournament. His lackluster play carried over from the NBL Finals into the FIBA OQT.