Risa Nishioka “Everyone’s feelings will fight together on the court”
The qualifying round (OQT) for the three-player basketball “3×3” to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics began yesterday, and the Japan Women’s National Team defeated Iran 22-4, following the first match in Australia.
Against Iran, which is not as tall or strong as Australia, Japan does not create a chance by defending with footwork, and if it turns to offense, it will score points with a drive that cuts at a stretch from a quick ball turn. Iran, who couldn’t make a shot chance, screwed in a tough two-point shot and scored his first goal, but Mai Yamamoto shot two-point shots in rapid succession and pushed it to 9-2.
Following the match against Australia, Japan’s victory is almost certain when the foul of the opponent who can not keep up with Japan’s speed increases and it becomes a penalty situation. Stephanie Mawuli’s two-pointer shot was decided with four minutes left in the match, and Japan’s victory was 22-4.
In Group B, 2 out of 5 teams will advance to the final tournament, but only Japan has won 2 consecutive wins after the first day. Tomorrow, we will play against Ukraine and Thailand, who will remain in the group, but in order to join the top three teams and qualify for the Olympics, we would like to aim for the first place in the group. The match against Ukraine from 18:00 tomorrow will be an important match.
Mai Yamamoto, who struggles not only with sharp drives and two-point shots but also with defense against big overseas players, said, “If you have a chance, it is important to aim for KO. I’m glad I was able to do that. ” In addition, Risa Nishioka, who continues to stretch her body under the goal, announced a comment that “I am grateful that I can play basketball even in the corona disaster, and I will fight on the court together with the feelings of my friends in Japan and everyone who supports me.” doing.