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The Busan BNK women’s basketball team lost to Japan’s Xiangsong Cosmetics, putting the brakes on their title run .BNK lost 73-98 to Japan’s Chanson 토토 Cosmetics in the third round of the 42nd William Jones Cup at Heping Gymnasium in Taipei, Taiwan on Sunday afternoon. BNK had won two straight games in the tournament, including a 43-point blowout win over the Iranian National Team in Game 1 and a victory over the Taiwan B Team, comprised of senior national team players, the day before, but the loss to Xiangsong Cosmetics dropped them to second place with a 2-1 record and sole possession of first place behind Xiangsong (3-1).BNK will play their fourth game against the Philippine National Team at the same venue on Monday afternoon .Against Xiangsong Cosmetics, who finished seventh out of 14 teams in the Japan W-League last season, BNK head coach Park Jung-jeong named a starting lineup of Ahn Hye-ji, Lee So-hee, Jin-an, and Han Um-ji, along with captain Kim Han-byul .BNK tried to use Jin-an to attack under the basket in the first quarter and traded early three-pointers with Xiangsong, but soon fell behind by 13 points as Xiangsong’s quick offense and pure shooting took over With 1:47 left in the first quarter, Champion brought in Nigerian center Izoe Uche, a 6-foot-8 center who joined the team this year, and Park Jung-jeong countered with the athletic Moon Ji-young (6-foot-3).In the second quarter, Korea began to chase down Xiangsong with three-pointers from Park Kyung-rim and Ahn Hye-ji.It looked like they were going to be down after giving up an outside shot to Mai Yoshida, but they capitalized on their fast break opportunities and gradually built up their lead to end the half with a 43-51 lead .At the start of the third quarter, BNK started with a block from Kim Han-byul, followed by another block from Lee So-hee, and soon closed the gap to five points. However, the gap quickly widened to 55-72 at the end of the third quarter as they allowed a three-pointer from Yoshida and lost the rebounding battle to Chanson, who utilized Uche. In the early part of the fourth quarter, BNK fell further behind, allowing three 3-pointers to Chanson, and brought in their bench members to prepare for the next game .Japan was led by Yoshida’s 20 points, including six 3-pointers, and Uche’s 18 points and 11 rebounds. BNK was led by Jin An, playing on home soil, with a team-high 17 points, while Ahn Hye-ji chipped in with nine points and eight assists .South Korea had all 12 players 토토 score in the fourth quarter as Park Sung-jin found the bottom of the net with 3:30 left in the game, but it was not enough in the loss.

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