South Korea women’s national basketball team head coach Jung Sun-min acknowledged the gap in their performance against Japan. On Wednesday, South Korea lost 58-81 to Japan in the semifinals of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. The score was close, but the game also showed the difference in quality between the two nations. Japan, who won a silver medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, sent seven of its 12 players to the tournament. They were well organized and their offense fit together like cogs in a machine .Add to that the fact that they shot 32 three-pointers, hitting 14 of them for a 44% success rate, and we couldn’t do anything about it. Korea committed twice as many mistakes (14) as Japan (7).”I’m embarrassed to give a general assessment of the game because I feel like we lost without doing anything,” said coach Jung Sun-min in the postgame interview .”We said we were going to prepare, but it was still a game that showed the second-ranked team in the Olympics,” Chung said, adding, “I felt that Korean basketball needs to work harder and study more in the future.” He accepted the defeat without excuses. South Korea will play North Korea on Friday for the bronze medal in the third-place game. South Korea met North Korea once in the group stage of the tournament, winning 81-62.However, North Korea’s 205-centimeter center Park Jin-ah was impressive, scoring 29 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. “North Korea is a team that plays with the power of Park Jin-ah,” Chung said. “In the end, it’s all about how to stop her, and it’s important to have a quick transition from defense to offense, such as interceptions derived from the overall help defense, rather than leaving Park Ji-soo alone.” “We’re going to give it our all in the 스포츠토토 last game and do our best against North Korea to get a bronze medal,” Jung said.