Everyone is expecting a blowout game between the match of the Australia and Japan, wherein the Aussies will dominate Japan from the beginning until the end. But we are all wrong, as the Japanese team pull out a big win to make their FIBA World Cup qualifier stint still alive. They won the match 79 to 78.

LOOK: Japanese Team Roster that Stunned Australia FIBAWC Asian Qualifiers

Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker (both playing in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks) are present in the game but could not make their team win. With the defeat they are now tied with our Gilas Pilipinas with the win-loss record of 4-1. Japan and Chinese Taipei are also tied at the bottom with the win-loss record of 1-4.

The game between the Japanese and the Chinese Taipei will determine which one of them will advance to the second of the qualifier. The loser will be eliminated.

Now see the current Japanese team roster that stunned the Aussies on June 29, 2018.

LOOK: Japanese Team Roster that Stunned Australia FIBAWC Asian Qualifiers

Yuki Togashi - 5'6"
Naoto Tsuji - 6'1"
Makoto Hiejima - 6'3"
Ryusie Shinoyama - 5'10"
Atsuya Ota - 6'9"
Joji Takeuchi - 6'9"
Yudai Baba - 6'5"
Nicholas Ryan Fazekas - 6'11"
Rui Hachimura - 6'8"
Daiki Tanaka - 6'4"
Yuya Nagayoshi - 6'6"
Takatoshi Furukawa - 6'3"

The scores:

Japan - 79
Fazekas 25, Hachimura 24, Baba 8, Hiejima 6, Takeuchi 6, Shinoyama 4, Tanaka 4, Tsuji 2

Australia - 78
Goulding 22, Maker 13, Kay 12, Kickert 10, McCarron 7, Dellavedova 4, Cadee 4, Gliddon 3, Brandt 2, Sobey 1

Scoring by quarter:

23-16, 19-17, 22-25, 15-20

Nicholas Ryan Fazekas is the naturalized player of the Japanese team. He once played in the PBA as the import of the Petron Blaze Boosters or San Miguel Beermen.

Rui Hacimura is a Beninese-Japanese basketball player. Hachimura played at the Meisei High School in Japan and joined Gonzaga University in the United States beginning in the 2016–17 season.

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