Basketball: Japan beats South Korea 85-80 to end 2-game series even


FIBA Basketball World Cup co-host Japan downed South Korea 85-80 on the road Sunday to split their two-game international friendly series 1-1.

After a 76-69 loss in Saturday’s opening game, world No. 36 Japan evened things up in Seoul after Shuta Hara dropped a team-high 14 points.

Tom Hovasse’s men connected on nine of their three-point attempts in the first half to lead 48-40 at halftime. No. 38 South Korea briefly took the lead before Japan went back ahead on a Koya Kawamata basket late in the third quarter.

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