Hakuoh University-Japan dethrones Ateneo Blue Eagles, 73-58 | SEMIFINALS (VIDEO) 2023 World University Basketball Series | August 12

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Japan's Hakuoh University Soldiers (2-0) dethroned the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles Men's Basketball Team (1-1), 73-58 in the knockout semifinals of the 2023 World University Basketball Series (WUBS) on Saturday, August 12 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. [VIDEO]

Hakuoh University, the champions of the All Japan Intercollegiate Basketball Championship in 2021 and the runner-up in 2022, has advanced to the finals to face Chinese Taipei's National Chengchi University (NCCU Griffins). NCCU escaped past the US NCAA Division I team, Radford University Highlanders, 79-75 in the other semifinal matchup.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles have been relegated to the bronze medal match against Radford University on Sunday, August 13 at 3:00pm (PHL time).

The Scores:

HAKUOH 73 - Waki 15, Saeki 12, Monga 10, Sato 10, Jingaoka 7, Pugue 7, Yaegashi 5, Sissoko 4, Naito 3, Kakazu 0.

ATENEO 58- Ballungay 9, Gomez 9, Koon 8, Obasa 8, Brown 7, Espinosa 6, Lazaro 4, Chiu 4, Amos 3, Bongo 0, Credo 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 35-33, 43-40, 73-58. [FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS]

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