South Korea beat Clarkson's Philippines
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Defending champions South Korea overcame NBA star Jordan Clarkson's Philippines in a hard-fought Asian Games basketball match in Jakarta, while the scandal-hit Japanese team crashed out on Monday.
Americam-born Ricardo Preston Ratliffe scored 30 points for South Korea as they won the quarter-finals encounter 91-82 to guarantee at least a bronze in 5x5 basketball.
South Korea will play their semi-final on Thursday against Iran, who outplayed a Japanese team that had lost four players who were sent home for buying sex during the continental games.
The expulsion of Yuya Nagayoshi, Takuya Hashimoto, Takuma Sato and Keita Imamura, who were spotted in a red-light district wearing their team jersey last week, appeared to have a major impact as they lost 93-67.
But victory for South Korea meant the team kept up their supremacy in the regional 'Olympics' over the Philippines, who last won against the Asian giants in the 1962 edition.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Clarkson — who joined his national side late after the US league released him in a last-minute U-turn — scored 25 points to keep the Philippines fighting, but South Korea took the game away in the final quarter.