Hayashi’s 3 Lifts Japan Into Semis, Ousting Belgium 86-85
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Saki Hayashi hit a 3-pointer with 15.2 seconds left, and Japan advanced to the semifinals by holding off Olympic newcomer Belgium 86-85 Wednesday.
Japan joined the U.S. and Serbia in the semifinals of the Olympic women’s basketball tournament Friday and will face either Spain or France.
Yuki Miyazawa made three 3s as Japan erased Belgium’s lead in the fourth quarter to set up a thrilling finish.
JAPAN WIN!!! 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵
Saki Hayashi hits a HUGE three-pointer to send the host nation to the Women's Olympic Basketball Semi-Finals!
🇧🇪 85#Tokyo2020 | #Basketball | #AkatsukiFive
— FIBA | #Basketball #Tokyo2020 (@FIBA) August 4, 2021
Kim Mestdagh had a shot to give Belgium the win, but her pull-up jumper from near the free throw line as time expired bounced off the rim.