Lee Ki top scorer but Hong Kong still go down against Japan at Asia Cup

The Eastern captain scores 20 points but cannot prevent the local squad from losing their third straight match in group D in Beirut

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 August, 2017, 9:10pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 August, 2017, 12:44am

Hong Kong’s Lee Ki topped the scoring charts with 20 points, but that wasn’t enough to prevent his team from losing their third straight basketball game at the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon on Saturday.

The Eastern captain also scored two rebounds and had two steals against Japan in their final group D match, while star Hong Kong player Duncan Reid had another quiet night with just 11 points as the Japanese easily won the encounter 92-59 at the Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut.

Japan’s Yudai Baba was the top performer for his team, netting 12 points, while scoring five rebounds and five assists for his team, who dominated all four quarters.

Hong Kong have lost all three of their pool matches, which was expected given they were put in a tough group in the regional tournament. The local team had earlier lost to Australia 99-58. Hong Kong also lost to Taiwan 77-62 in their opening match earlier in the week.

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Japan top group D on five points ahead of Australia and Taiwan with Hong Kong in last place. Australia and Taiwan meet in their last pool game later on Saturday night.