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Japan head coach Julio Lamas gave his players credit for performing well for 35 minutes of the game but said that the remaining five cost his team in a 90-84 loss to China in their FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in the Philippines on Saturday.

Japan had an 80-73 lead with six and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter but struggled from there against China’s zone defense allowing the East Asian rivals to enjoy a 17-4 run to close out the game.

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