Argentina will face hosts Japan in the final group match of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s basketball competition on Sunday.
Both teams lost their first two games of the tournament. Argentina lost 71:81 to Spain, while Japan suffered an 81:16 setback in their last game against Slovenia.
This clash will be crucial in determining the fate of the two teams in terms of their chances of qualifying for the next round. The first two finishers secure the last two quarter-finals.
Argentina has not yet had the kind of tournament it envisioned. In the last game against Spain, the Argentines did not go on the offensive as they suffered a defeat.
They scored 71 points with 26 of 61 shots from the field. Nicolas Laprovittola, however, had an outstanding game as he led the offensive for Argentina with 27 points out of 9 of 14 shots from the field, including five 3 points. Besides him, veteran Luis Scola (13 points) and Facundo Compazzo (ten points) were the only other Argentine players who scored double-digit points.
Japan should be a pretty comfortable duel for Argentina compared to Spain and Slovenia. However, the Argentines should try to dominate from the start to avoid any kind of slip-up in their attempt to stay alive in the competition.
Fixture – Argentina vs Japan | Tokyo Olympics 2020 Basketball.
Date & Time – Sunday, August 1st, 2021 1:40 PM JST (Sunday, August 1st, 12:40 AM ET).
Venue – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.