|Friday – May 16th, 2014|
|FINAL. INDIA WINS.|
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Kathmandu, 16th May 2014: A determined India kept an inspired Nepal side at bay to emerge winners yet again in the 3rd South Asian Basketball Championship 2014 that is underway at the Dashrath Stadium complex, Tripureshwara in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Battling a hostile crowd, tournament favourites India beat hosts Nepal 74-41 to become the only side to enjoy a perfect 3-0 record. It will play minnows Maldives tomorrow morning at 11:00 am (Nepal time) in the final league match to complete the formalities of being declared the champion team in these SABA Championships and qualify for the Asia Cup in mid-July.
While an India win was never in doubt, thanks to its superior international experience at the elite Asia level, and its obvious height advantage through all five positions, today’s game against Nepal was tighter than expected. Buoyed by vociferous home support, Nepal managed to contain India to its lowest score of 74 points in this tournament and outscored India 17-15 in the second quarter, a feat no other team achieved prior to today.
India, though, kept its cool and relied on its excellent man to man defense and transition play to seal a commanding 74-41 win. While multiple Indian players contributed in the win, on the offensive end backup point guard Prakash Mishra’s outside shooting, power forward Amjyot Singh’s interior efficiency and Captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi’s forceful layups despite contact stood out for India. Nepal was served by their emotional centre Ashim Shrestha and top scorer Binod Mahajan’s 13 points.
India 74 (Prakash Mishra 17)bt Nepal 41 (Binod Mahajan 13) [Scoring in each quarter: 22-6; 15-17; 21-10; 16-8]
Upcoming Schedule for India matches
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 17th, 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).
Play by Play
(*note that all four teams below have already qualified to Level 1 and these matches are being held for the sole purpose of granting the two winning teams the right to choose their pre-quarter final opponent from level 1)
Girls: Kerala 60 (Nivya Raj 20, Anusha 19) bt Maharashtra 53 (Shruti 21, Neha 12) [21-11, 13-17, 13-11, 13-14]