The Indonesia Men’s National Team were outclassed by Asian basketball powerhouse South Korea, 104-65, during their tournament opening match at the 18th Asian Games.
Just midway through the opening quarter, the South Koreans were already able to gain a ten-point lead but Indonesia refused to back down in front of their home crowd and were able to cut the lead back to six at the 8:21 mark of the second quarter. But that was as close as the host team got, after South Korea kept pouring it on and eventually closed the half with a 22-point lead, never looking back from thereon.
South Korea shot 36/71 from the field, including a scorching 40 percent from deep. The home team, on the other hand, also had a decent shooting percentage (44 percent), but gave up 17 offensive boards and turned the ball over 21 times.
Just a month ago, the same Timnas Indonesia squad took the Koreans to overtime and lost to an incomplete South Korean team by only six points, 92-86, at the 2018 William Jones Cup Invitational in Taipei, Taiwan.
Naturalized American Ricardo Ratliffe led all scorers with 30 points off a very efficient 71 percent shooting from the floor for South Korea, while also adding 19 rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot. Five other Koreans finished in double figures as Kim Sunhyung, Jeon Junbeom, Heo Ung, Heo Ilyoung, and Lee Junghyun combined for 58 markers.
For Indonesia, point guard Andakara Prastawa topped the scoring column with 20, while their own naturalized player Jamarr Andre Johnson added 16 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort.
Timnas will need a win to keep their tournament hopes alive when they clash with SEABA rivals Thailand at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta for each team’s second assignment on August 20 at 18:30 (Indonesia time +7 GMT).
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