Indonesian players could not play loosely and often made mistakes.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Indonesia’s women’s under-18 national basketball team suffered another defeat. After losing to China 30-91 in the second match of the FIBA U-18 Women’s Asian Championship 2022 Division A in Bangalore, India yesterday Wednesday (7/9/2022), the red and white team lost to Japan 35-107.
“Today’s game is still the same with our turnover issues and the transition from offense to defense. Hopefully the kids can learn from the two games played,” said Under-18 Women’s Basketball National Team coach Andre Youadi.
Against Japan, Angelica Jennifer Candra et al couldn’t play loose. They often make mistakes. Indonesia was even forced to score points as quickly as eight minutes into the first quarter.
Japan dominated the first quarter with 24 points compared to Indonesia’s first two points in a 2-32 position. Japan’s dominance continued in the second quarter as well. The Land of the Rising Sun controlled the points going into halftime with an 8-58 lead.
Indonesian women continue to try to catch up. However, passing errors and the ease with which the opposition stole the ball while building up attacks widened the gap between points. The match went to Japan with a score of 35-107.
In this game, Vanisa Renata Ciregar contributed the most points for Indonesia with nine points and one rebound. After Erlita Christiana, Nathania Nicole Sasongko, Ernindita Prius Madafa and Maxine Maria Sutisna each contributed five points.
As for Japan, Misaki Sasaka contributed the most points with 17 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists.
In this result, Indonesia collected two points from two matches. Japan saved four points. Indonesia still have a match left in Group B elimination against Chinese Taipei to keep their chances of survival in Division A on Thursday (8/9/2022).
“We will try to focus game by game and try to keep the mentality of the players and continue to have the courage to enjoy the game,” Andre explained.