The Japanese team took a lot of lesson from USA and GBR on how to take on our ladies. They took a very defensive approach from the start of the game.
This approach proves to be very frustrating for La Maga AYMAR and the rest. They are not happy with the way things are going. After their Champions Trophy triumph in June, they were dubbed one of the favorites, but so far none of the brilliance they showed in Mönchengladbach has come through.
They had to wait after the second half the break the deadlock with a deflected shot by Alejandra GULLA in the 37th minute. Las Leonas double their lead in the 51st minute through Claudia BURKART.
Now the question is can they hold on? For one moment it did look like they might blew up everything they work hard for when Keiko MIURA pulled one back, with four minutes left.
But this time Las Leonas held on to collect their first three points of the tournament.
Whooping Performance from the Tall Albiceleste
To be honest with everyone, I was really nervous about this game. It became even worse when neither side were able to make their shots. It took almost three minutes to make the first basket and after that the floodgate started to open. In the end Sergio HERNANDEZ boys went on to win comfortably 77-53.
Despite of their impressive start of the tournament, the Croatian were no match against our boys. An interesting not is that not even one of their players had double digits in that game.
Andres NOCIONI without a doubt was the extreme hustler throughout the game. He posted a game high performance with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Manu GINOBILI had 14 points & 8 assist while Luis SCOLA posted 12 points. Super sub Carlos DELFINO also had a big game with 15 points & 6 rebounds from the bench.
Next up Argentina will take on Iran, an opponent they are expected to win easily.