15 points were scored: “My role is to support the team when they are in trouble.”
In the 2022 Women’s World Cup, the Japanese basketball team will face European powerhouse Serbia in the second match. After allowing a big 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 could not bring it to the flow of Japan until the end and lost 64 -69. Japan now has 1 win and 1 loss in the group stage.
In this game, Japan was plagued by Serbia’s skillful control of the game, and ultimately failed to develop their signature fast basketball. Captain Maki Takada sees the cause of the defeat this way.
“The part of defending that says ‘Let’s defend like this’ didn’t go very well, and in the end I got hit while passing the ball well. At the end of the pass, there was space under the goal, and the shooter left it open. After all, if we don’t play defense, it won’t lead to good offense, so that’s what makes it a game like this. I think that’s what caused it.”
On the other hand, Takada scored 15 points, making 5 out of 7 field goals. Takada continued to score jump shots with high probability, and Japan was able to hold on until the end. It is said that he is very aware of aiming for a shot when the team is in trouble. “There are some players who have a hard time getting shots, and my role is to keep scoring points in those situations. My role is also to support the team when they are in trouble, so I will continue to do that like 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 turnover.”
Serbia’s captain is Marina Markovic, who led Denso Iris of the W League, to which Takada belongs, until last season. Marina, who is familiar with the characteristics of Japanese players, Takada said, “It doesn’t matter, I think this is our problem.” He emphasized that the aspect of self-destruction is great. “If the opponent came with this type of defense, I would give this type of option all the time in this training camp.
In addition, following the match against Mali the day before, he analyzed the point that the score did not increase at the start of the match. “There have been instances in the last 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 walk and ended up going for a turnover. 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 mentioned the challenges above, says, “However, the fact that we were able to come back after losing by 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 go through the group stage in a better position.
Japan will have a rest day without a game 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. For the team to grow on the strength of this loss, Takada’s leadership and excellent play with a sense of stability are essential.