BNK suffers 25-point loss to Japan’s Champion Cosmetics, ‘brakes’ on Jones Cup hopes
The Busan BNK women’s basketball team lost to Japan’s Chanson Cosmetics, putting the brakes on their title run.
BNK fell 73-98 to Japan’s Chanson Cosmetics in the third round of the 42nd William Jones Cup on Sunday afternoon at Heping Gymnasium in Taipei, Taiwan.
BNK had won two straight games in the tournament, including a 43-point blowout win over the Iranian National Team in the first round and a victory over the Taiwan B Team, which is comprised of Taiwan’s national team reserves, the previous day, but today’s loss dropped them to second place with a 2-1 record, losing sole possession of the top spot to Xiangsong (3 wins).
BNK will face the Philippine National Team in Game 4 at the same venue on the afternoon of the 8th.
Against Champsong Cosmetics, who finished seventh out of 14 teams in the Japan W-League last season, BNK head coach Park Jung-jeong named a starting lineup of Ahn Hye-ji, Lee So-hee, Jin-an, and Han Um-ji, along with captain Kim Han-byul.
BNK tried to use Jin-an to attack under the basket in the first quarter when the outside shot was blocked and traded early three-pointers with Xiangsong, but soon fell behind by 13 points as Xiangsong’s fast-paced offense and pure shooting took over.
With 1:47 left in the first quarter, Champion brought in Nigerian center Izoe Uche, a 6-foot-8 center who joined the team this year, and Park Jung-jeong countered with the athletic Moon Ji-young (6-foot-3).
In the second quarter, Korea began to chase down Xiangsong with three-pointers from Park Kyung-rim and Ahn Hye-ji.
It looked like they were going to lose the game when they gave up an outside shot to Mai Yoshida, but they capitalized on their fast break opportunities and gradually built up their lead to end the half with a 43-51 lead.
After a block from Kim Han-byul at the start of the third quarter, BNK started to gain momentum, with Lee So-hee also adding a block, and soon closed the gap to five points.
However, the gap quickly widened to 55-72 at the end of the third quarter as they allowed a three-pointer from Yoshida and lost the rebounding 카지노 battle to Chanson, who utilized Uche.
In the early part of the fourth quarter, BNK fell further behind, allowing three 3-pointers to Chanson, and brought in their bench members to prepare for the next game.
Japan was led by Yoshida’s 20 points, including six 3-pointers, and Uche’s 18 points and 11 rebounds.
BNK was led by Jin An, playing on her home turf, with a team-high 17 points, while Ahn Hye-ji chipped in with nine points and eight assists.