Philippines, challenge for gold for the first time in 33 years… Korea returns to Japan

 The outlines of the teams competing for the Asian Games gold medal have been obscured. The Philippines pulled off an upset by defeating China and will face Jordan in the finals.

The Philippines won 77-76 in a close match against China in the semifinals of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in China on the 4th.

With today’s victory, the Philippines advanced to the finals and will challenge for its first gold medal in 33 years since the 1990 Beijing Games. Justin Brownlee (33 points, 7 3-pointers, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) showed his firepower and led the way to the Philippines’ dramatic victory.

The Philippines was on the periphery of Asian basketball. Starting with the 1951 New Delhi Games, they achieved four consecutive wins, but failed to advance to the finals each time. The image of him as a supporting actor was strong among fans who have recently experienced basketball, such as being defeated by Lee Sang-min’s winning 3-point shot at the 2002 Busan Games.

However, the Hangzhou Games, which marked the ‘Spring and Autumn Warring States Period’, overturned the public’s opinion. They produced an upset by defeating China, who had boasted of being undefeated at home, and advancing to the finals. As a result, the Philippines will challenge for its first gold medal in 33 years in the final against Jordan.

Jordan, the Philippines’ opponent, is an ‘ambush’. This team is familiar to Korean basketball fans as Ronde Hollis Jefferson played for Jeonju KCC (now Busan KCC) last season. Jordan caused an upset by completely defeating Chinese Taipei 90-71 in the semifinals. Hollis Jefferson also played an active role in this game with a team-high 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.

This is the first time Jordan has advanced to the finals. Hollis Jefferson displayed his firepower against Taiwan and became the hero who led Jordan to its first-ever finals. Jordan’s메이저사이트 previous best results were 4th place in Seoul in 1986 and Doha in 2006. I wonder whether Jordan, which has already achieved the best performance in the Asian Games, can pull off an upset against the Philippines.

There is another variable. Korea’s opponent in the 7th-8th place match is Japan. Contrary to expectations, Japan lost 74-79 in the 7th-8th place match against Saudi Arabia. For Korea, it was the team they lost in the Group D match and now had to face their fateful rival once more. My pride has already collapsed. Will Korea, which was pushed back to the 7th-8th place match, be able to smile in the return match against Japan?

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