FIBA Asia U-18: Japan survive New Zealand fight back

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Slice of action from Japan-New Zealand opening match of the 2018 FIBA Women’s (U-18) basketball championships at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. PC: FIBA Asia

Bengaluru, October 28: Japan staved off a determined challenge from New Zealand before winning 77-62 in their Division A – Group B clash as the 2018 FIBA Women’s (U-18) basketball championships got off to a rousing start at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.

The former championship runners-up Japan rode on Norika Kono’s 16 points while the towering Charllotte Whittaker topped the points with 23.

In another clash, holders China cruised past Malaysia 102-28 in their Group B league match.

Meanwhile, Australia had it easy in Group A with a 96-28 dismantling of Indonesia.

Results (Day 1): Division A (Group A): Australia 96 (Isobel Anne Anstey 20) beat Indonesia 28 (Faizzatus Shoimah 08) (23-02, 21-10, 23-09, 29-07); Korea Republic 64 (Inah Parkj 16) beat Chinese Taipei 56 (Pei Yeh Lo 11) (20-13, 13-07, 20-26, 11-10); Group B: China 102 (Mingling Chen 31) beat Malaysia 28 (Sin Jei Tan 12) (18-10, 25-04, 37-03, 22-11); Japan 77 (Norika Kono 16) beat New Zealand 62 (Charlotte Whittaker 23) (23-13, 18-16, 11-21, 25-12).

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