SHENZHEN (FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup) - Team Australia continued their dominance in the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2018 by winning their 2 pool games with both men and women. Uzbekistan (W), Australia (M) and China (M) also remained undefeated.
Team of the Day: Australia's women
Undefeated. Not just in pool play, not just this year: Australia are 10-0 in the history of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup. The defending champs started things off with the pedal on the gas against Japan and scored 7 points in less than 2 minutes. Today's top scorer Rebecca Cole finished in double digits (10pts) and Australia won 20-14. Credits to the Japanese defense: it was the first time this year and just the second time ever Australia don't finish a game before the limit at the 3x3 Asia Cup. The girls continued their hustle as they decisively won against Iran 21-3 in their final game of pool play. They will face Indonesia in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Player of the Day: Minsu Park (South Korea)
South Korea (M) didn't get off to the best start in Shenzhen - they lost their first match of the tournament against China. It was a close game that saw the home team lock it up with a 17-15 victory. However, the team that won 5 games in the qualifying draw decided to show up for the 2nd game against Iran. Going back to back with his 2 point shot, Park earned player of the day honors, a mixtape and a spot in quarter-finals against undefeated Australia.
Game of the Day: New Zealand vs. Australia
There were a ton of good candidates for game of the day. However, Australia vs. New Zealand (M) was an Oceanic showdown of epic proportions. Physical from the get-go and tight throughout. However in final minutes, Tom Wright could do no wrong. The 29-year-old sharpshooter pushed the Aussies to a 19-14 victory.
Here are the brackets for the knock-out rounds on Tuesday
Qatar (7) - Japan (3)
Australia (11) - South Korea (13)
China (2) - New Zealand (5)
Jordan (6) - Mongolia (1)
New Zealand (11) - Chinese Taipei (13)
Australia (12) - Indonesia (8)
Uzbekistan (14) - Japan (5)
Kazakhstan (4) - China (2)
The spots for the shoot-out qualifer were also determined: Maddie Garrick (AUS), Fook Yee Yap- 2017 Champion (MAS), Min Soeb Kim (KOR), and Emir Azizov (TKM).