• Kyodo


A clutch Takatoshi Furukawa corner jumper with just four seconds remaining capped off a big comeback and lifted Japan to a 67-65 win over Iraq in their second-round opener at the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Monday.

Furukawa’s game winner, which was assisted by Makoto Hiejima, pushed Japan over the top but it was his 18-point, five-rebound game-long effort that got Japan back into the contest after the team had fallen to an early double-digit deficit.

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