September 27, 2021
The tournament started on Monday at a neutral site in Amman, Jordan as the top three finishers besides Australia will continue in the qualification for the world championship. The teams are divided into two groups with the last-place teams facing off to determine which team will stay in Division A for the next tournament. The top team in each group will get a bye to the semifinals.
The day started with Japan, which has dominated the competition since the merger with Oceania, making major changes to the roster, but getting big games from Kiho Miyashita and Monica Okoye to beat India 136-46. The next game was arguably the most important of the group stage as Penina Davidson and New Zealand once again failed to solve the South Korea puzzle as Choi Eun-Sil and Park Hye-Jin led their team to an 85-69 win and the inside track towards the semifinals.
Japan vs. India 136-46 JPN Miyashita 27 Okoye 24 Nemoto 17 Akaho 14 Hayashi 14 Nagata 13/6r/6a Todo 8 Mawuli 5 Yamamoto 5/7a Nishioka 4 Miyazaki 3/12a Nakada 2 IND P. Kumar 11/8r Limaye 8 Kumari 7 Nixon 5 Udayakumar 5 S. Kumar 4 Masilamani 4 Arvind 2 Yadav 0 Rani 0 Chenganamattathil 0 Mogan DNP
South Korea vs. New Zealand 85-69 KOR Choi 29/8r Park H-J 20/11r/6a Kim D-B 12 Kang 8 Bae 8 Park J-H 3 Jin 3 Shin 2 Yoon DNP An DNP Kim M-J DNP Yang DNP NZL Davidson 21/11r C. Leger-Walker 12 Taia 9 Purcell 8/7r Boagni 8 Goulding 7 Paalvast 2 Karaitiana 2 K. Leger-Walker 0 Blair 0 Hippolite DNP Richards DNP
In this group, China named their strongest squad possible with the clear intent to win and Yang Liwei helped them roll past the Philippines 143-52. Australia had to patch together a roster of players who were able to show up and they ended up getting absolutely everything that they could handle from Taiwan, which was hardly at full strength, before finally building a bit more of a comfortable lead to win 76-65.
China vs. Philippines 143-52 CHN Yang LW 21 Li YR 18/6a Han 17/6r Zhang 15/7a Li YF 13 Li Y 13 Yang 11 Wang 10/7r/7a Huang 9/6r Pan 9/6r Wu 7/6a Li M DNP PHI Bernardino 17/7r Pontejos 7 Prado 6 Fajardo 6 Nabalan 5 Castro 5 Clarin 3 Castillo 3 Cayabyab 0 Pingol 0 Tongco 0 Cabinbin 0
Australia vs. Taiwan 76-65 AUS Garbin 15/7r Whitcomb 13/11a Sharp 11/10r Aokuso 10 Froling 8 Scherf 7/7r Shelley 6 Wallace 5 Melbourne 1 Nicholson 0 Mangakahia 0 Wehrung 0 TPE Lin Y-T 12/6r/7a Lin T 8/11r Peng 8 Cheng 7/6r Liu 7 Chen 6 Lin W-Y 6 Chu 6 Han 3 Tai 2 Lin H-F 0 Wang 0