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Japan national basketball team lost to Serbia, captain Maki Takada talks about the reason for the loss “If you don’t defend, it won’t lead to a good offense”-Basket Count | Basket Count

Scored 15 points: “My role is to support the team when they are in trouble.”

In the Women’s World Cup 2022, Japan’s basketball team will face European powerhouse Serbia in the second match. After allowing a large lead of 9-24 in the first quarter without being able to get on the rhythm in both offense and defense, they gradually caught up, but they could not bring it to Japan’s flow until the end and lost 64-69. Japan now has 1 win and 1 loss in the group stage.

In this match, Japan was plagued by Serbia’s skillful control of the game, and ended up failing to develop their characteristic fast-paced basketball. Captain Maki Takada sees the cause of defeat in this way.

“The part of defense that says ‘Let’s defend like this’ didn’t go very well, and in the end I was hit by passing the ball well. At the end of the pass, there was a space under the goal, and the shooter was left open.After all, if we don’t play defense, it won’t lead to a good offense, so that’s what makes it a game like this. I think that’s the reason why

On the other hand, Takada scored 15 points, succeeding 5 out of 7 field goals. Takada continued to score jump shots with high probability, and Japan was able to hang on until the end. When the team is in trouble, he says he is strongly conscious of aiming for a shot. “There are some players who are having a hard time getting shots, and my role is to keep scoring points in those situations. It is also my role to support the team when they are in trouble, so I will continue to do that as my job. I was

“When things don’t go well, there are cases where you try to do too much on your own and end up with turnovers.”

The commander of Serbia is Marina Markovic, who led Denso Iris of the W League, which Takada belongs to, until last season. Marina is well-versed in the characteristics of Japanese players, but Takada said, “It doesn’t matter, I think it’s our problem.” He emphasized that the aspect of self-destruction that could not be done is large. “If the opponent came with this kind of defense, I would give this kind of option all the time in this training camp.

In addition, following the match against Mali on the previous day, he analyzed the point that the score did not increase at the beginning of the match. “There have been cases in the past two games where we didn’t get a 3-point shot, and when things didn’t go well, we tried too hard to go for a drive and ended up going for a turnover. I think it’s going to be important to break it down.”

“However, if you become passive at that point, you won’t be able to make shots. I think, so I want to cover that with the team.”

Takada, who talked about the challenges above, says, “However, the fact that we were able to come back after losing with a double score in the first half gave us confidence.” Looking ahead, he said, “It’s not a tournament (if you lose, it’s over), and I want to get through the group stage in a better position. ing.

Japan will have a rest day without a match tomorrow, and from there they will have a tough schedule with Canada, France and Australia for three days in a row. The World Cup is still in its early stages. In order for the team to grow on the strength of this loss, Takada’s leadership and outstanding play with a sense of stability are essential.


The article is in Japanese

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