With the Parantee Paralympic Championships’s wheelchair basketball event currently underway in Belgium, Japan’s men team has had to deal with disappointment after dropping a pair of games to France and Germany. Japan is back in section this afternoon when they play the Netherlands. While the competition finishes tomorrow, the round robin schedule means Japan’s play concludes later tonight when they take on Great Britain at 9:00 PM local time.
In their opening game against France, France led by 2 at the end of the first quarter with the score 19 – 17. At the end of the second, the Japanese were still in it, with the score sitting at 39 – 37. In the third, Japan lost control of the game and finished behind by 11 points, wit the quarter ending 60 – 49. The game then ended 74 – 63 in favor of France. Fujimoto Reo led Japan in scoring in their game against France with an impressive 24 points and 3 rebounds in 25:08 minutes of play. Kozai Hiroaki was Japan’s second leading scorer with 16 points, 8 of which came from free throws where he as 50% at the line. He also managed 3 rebounds, all on the defensive end. Tsuchiko Daisuke was third in scoring with 14 points, in 12:18 minutes on the floor. Chiwaki Mitsugu led his side in rebounding with 5.
Japan’s second game was last night against Germany, with the Germans putting the Japanese away 60 – 38. The Germans had a 33 – 16 lead at the end of the first half, and then built on this lead in the third quarter. That period finished 44 – 29. Bright spots for Japan an impressive 10 points in a five minute run in the last 5 minutes of the third quarter. It also included Fujimoto Reo scoring 15 for his team while picking up 7 rebounds. Tsuchiko Daisuke contributed 7 points and 2 rebounds, both on the defensive end. Chiwaki Mitsugu managed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes, the second most of any player on the squad. Scording was also distributed with 8 total players of the 12 who got game time.
The competition is in its second edition, and is organized by the Flemish Federation of Disability Sports.