Japan brushed aside Taiwan 92-56 Sunday as the FIBA Basketball World Cup co-host ended the two-game friendly series with a perfect record against its Asian neighbor.
Japan, a 108-86 winner Saturday — also at Shizuoka Prefecture’s Hamamatsu Arena — jumped to a 26-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, led by 16 points from Hirotaka Yoshii.
Keisei Tominaga, Josh Hawkinson and Yudai Nishida also hit double figures for 36th-ranked Japan, while Mohammad Al Bachir Gadiaga led both teams for the second straight day with 18 points for the 69th-ranked Taiwan.
In August, Japan will play five warmup matches, including two against New Zealand and one each against Angola, France and Slovenia.
Japan will play its World Cup Group E games against Australia, Germany and Finland in Okinawa. The World Cup, being cohosted with the Philippines and Indonesia, will run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 10.
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Japan's Keisei Tominaga (right) attacks the Taiwan basket during the second quarter of a FIBA World Cup warmup match at Hamamatsu Arena in Shizuoka Prefecture on Sunday. | Japan Times