India's backup guard Akhilan Akil looks to inbound from the baseline against Sri Lanka.

India’s backup guard Akhilan Akil looks to inbound from the baseline against Sri Lanka.

Kathmandu, 15th May 2014: Underlining its superiority over the rest of the South Asian teams, India cruised to its second straight win in the 3rd South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship 2014 underway in Kathmandu, Nepal. After its crushing opening win over Bangladesh yesterday, incredibly India went one step ahead today in dismantling Sri Lanka 97-30.

Making full use of his deep bench, Indian Head Coach Scott Flemming utilised all twelve of his players yet again, with the result that multiple Indian players scored in double digits. Just like the previous match against Bangladesh, today too, India’s pestering man to man defense restricted its opponents to less than 40 points in the game. In classical textbook fashion, defense converted into offense with the result that India scored a bulk of its points through easy transition layups. Sri Lankan players were left huffing and puffing against a much more physically imposing Indian line up. Tomorrow, India plays Nepal in what promises to be a cracker of a contest, especially considering the vociferous home support that the Himalayan nation has enjoyed throughout this competition.

Detailed Results

India 97 (Amjyot Singh 15)bt Sri Lanka 30 (Fernado Rosh 8) [Scoring in each quarter: 20-4; 26-9; 21-7; 30-10]

Upcoming Schedule for India matches

Friday, 16th May 2014, 2:00 PM (Nepal time): India vs Nepal

Saturday, 17th May 2014, 11:00 AM (Nepal time): Maldives vs India

About the 3rd South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship 2014

The tournament, which began on 13th May will conclude on the 17t, and is being played on a round robin league format. Five South Asian teams— depending champions Bangladesh, hosts Nepal, Bangladesh and the island nations of Sri Lanka and Maldives are in the fray. The team with the best record at the end of this championship after four matches, will progress from the South Asian region to the Asia Cup tentatively scheduled for mid-July in Wuhan (China).