Keisei Tominaga enjoyed a memorable final day of competition at the Tokyo Olympics, helping Japan nearly reach the semifinals of the 3x3 basketball tournament.  Japan, which needed a win and some help to even reach the quarterfinals, knocked off China, 21-16, in the final round of pool play before nearly knocking off Latvia before falling 21-18.

In the win over China, Tominaga hit 6-of-7 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 from long range, and had two rebounds in posting a +10 when he was on the court for Japan. In all, Japan shot 57 percent from the field, including 5-of-11 from 2-point range. Tominaga had three early points, as Japan took a 5-3 lead, but China used a 7-3 spurt of its own to build a 10-8 lead with 5:55 left. Needing a win to advance, Japan scored the next four points to regain the lead. China pulled within two on a pair of occasions, the last being 18-16 before Tominaga hit a driving basket to push the lead to three before grabbing the rebound and hit a game-winning two-pointer to end the game and send Japan to the quarterfinals.

Against Latvia, Tominaga blistered the nets for nine points, including 3-of-6 from 2-point range, as Japan shot 66 percent, but could not slow down a Latvia team that shot 71 percent. Japan trailed 11-4 just 3:23 into the game, but Tominaga keyed the comeback with a trio of 3-pointers and an assist in a 9-3 spurt that pulled Japan within 14-12. Japan stayed with striking distance and cut the lead to one on four occasions, the last at 19-18 as the Husker found Ira Brown for a basket. Trailing 20-18, Japan had one last shot to tie the score as Tominaga’s 2-pointer missed before Latvia closed out the game at the foul line on the next possession and advanced to the semifinals.

The youngest player in the 3x3 tournament, Tominaga finished his Olympics ranking fourth in the tournament in scoring at 6.9 points per game through the quarterfinals. Heading into the semifinals, he ranks in the top-10 of the field in both one-point shooting (74 percent, second) and 2-point percentage (36 percent, seventh)