The Indonesian Men’s Basketball National Team has now dropped three straight contests at the 2019 William Jones Cup after falling to Japan, 88-61.
After their morale-boosting win against the University of British Columbia (Canada) to open the tournament, Indonesia crashed back to earth in their next two games against the Asian powerhouse squads Jordan and Korea, losing by an average margin of 40 points.
Led by sharpshooting guard Mei Joni and reigning Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) MVP Kaleb Ramot Gemilang, Timnas opened the game much better against a youthful Japan team and trailed by only three points by halftime.
However, playing without foreign player CJ Giles prove to be too much to overcome, as they sputtered in the second half against their East Asian counterparts, getting blown out by 24 points in the final two quarters.
Joni had a team-high 18 points to go with five rebounds, while Gemilang added 14 markers and four assists in the loss, as no other player scored in double-figures for the Southeast Asian Games silver medallists.
Indonesia will continue to face elite competition as they are set to battle Chinese Taipei A on the 18th as the 2019 William Jones Cup games move to the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City.
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