KSL OLYMPICS

Hayashi’s 3 Lifts Japan Into Semis, Ousting Belgium 86-85

Aug 4, 2021, 11:32 AM
Saki Hayashi #27 of Team Japan...
Saki Hayashi #27 of Team Japan celebrates after Japan's win over Belgium in a a Women's Basketball Quarterfinals game on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 04, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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Hayashi’s 3 Lifts Japan Into Semis, Ousting Belgium 86-85