South Korea’s women’s basketball team secured a ‘return match’ against North Korea to win bronze at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
The women’s basketball team, coached by Chung Sun-min, defeated North Korea 93-63 in the women’s basketball bronze medal match at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, on Friday.
South Korea, which lost 58-81 in the semi-final against Japan two days earlier to miss out on a place in the final and was pushed to the bronze medal game, reunited with North Korea, which it had beaten 81-62 in a group stage match on 29 March, to record another victory and leave behind a ‘tribute’ with the bronze medal.
It was the fourth consecutive Asian Games podium finish for South Korean women’s basketball, which won silver in Guangzhou in 2010, gold in Incheon in 2014 and silver as a single team with North Korea at Jakarta-Palembang in 2018.
North Korea’s women’s basketball team had to settle for a fourth-place finish (1974-1982-2022), its best-ever finish at an Asian Games, excluding the inter-Korean team in Jakarta.
South Korea, playing North Korea for a medal for the first time in women’s basketball at the Asian Games since 1974, fell behind 15-21 in the first quarter after giving up eight points to North Korea’s 2003-born 205cm centre Park Jin-ah.
Park, who started the game after missing the quarter-final against China on 3 March, played through some leg discomfort and scored solidly from under the basket, while Kim Yoo-jung and Hong Ryeon-ah’s outside shooting helped North Korea take control of the game.
South Korea countered with the duo of Park Ji-soo and Kang Isul (KB), but the scoring was heavily focussed on them, and Park Ji-hyun (Woori Bank), who was supposed to be their co-captain, struggled with three fouls in the first quarter alone.
But Park’s minutes in the second quarter, coupled with a three-pointer from veteran Lee Kyung-eun (Shinhan Bank) with about four minutes left in the half, 바카라사이트 turned the tide in favour of Korea, which went into the break with a 30-27 lead and a slight 40-33 advantage. Park had 19 points and six rebounds in the first half.
North Korea started the second half with a flurry of points either directly from Park or derived from her, levelling the score at 40-40, but South Korea scored a whopping 19 straight points at 42-42 to pull away and win the game.
‘Captain’ Kim Dan-bi (Woori Bank) led the charge, scoring 13 points in the third quarter alone, including three three-pointers.
Lee So-hee (BNK) scored the first points of the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to make it a 20-point game, 64-44, and Korea never looked back.
Park Ji-soo finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Kim Dan-bi had a ‘double-double’ with 21 points and six rebounds.
For North Korea, Park Jin-ah had 27 points and nine rebounds, while captain Ro Suk-young, a member of the Jakarta single-team, had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
In the final, China won a close 74-72 victory over Japan to win its second straight title.
At one point in the second quarter, China looked to be cruising to victory with a 35-18 lead.
However, a furious second quarter surge saw Japan pull away and tie the game at 65-65 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation.
China took a 74-72 lead with nine seconds left when Wang Tsuyu’s three-pointer went through the rim.
The ensuing Japanese offence fell flat and China held on for the gold medal.
It was China’s second consecutive women’s basketball title in Jakarta-Palembang.
Japan’s performance was its best since Bangkok 1998, when it won the title. 슬롯사이트