• Kyodo


With one shot at gaining a Rio 2016 berth remaining, Japan’s men’s basketball team got its campaign off to the worst possible start, dropping its opening game of the Olympic qualification tournament against Latvia 88-48 in Belgrade on Monday.

Shooting a woeful 28.6 percent from the field, including 3-for-20 from 3-point range, Japan was blown off the court as Kenji Hasegawa’s men were outscored in each quarter.

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