|Sunday – July 5th, 2015|
|FINAL. INDIA WINS.|
Venue: Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru. Entry is Free!
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Bengaluru, 5th July 2015: Defending champions India re-affirmed their preeminent position in the South Asian region, with an emphatic 93-44 win over Sri Lanka. Both these sides came into this all important last league match of the 4th South Asian Basketball Championship (SABA) 2015 at the Kanteerava Stadium with perfect 4-0 records. India has relied all along on its much taller frontline, aggressive man to man defence, counter attacking on the break and effective outside shooting to register 100+ points in three of their earlier four matches. The final game against Sri Lanka was no different.
22-year-old Praneeth Udumalagala and first substitute Thimothi Thineshkanth fought valiantly to keep Sri Lanka’s scoreboard ticking. But with India scoring almost twice as quickly (46-26 at halftime) it was a constantly slippery slope for the islanders. The third quarter saw the Indian team go on a particularly vicious tear, starting with a 9-0 run coming out of the halftime break. “I can’t deny that I am disappointed,” Sri Lanka Head Coach Panduka Ranasinghe said after the loss. “But credit to what (India Head Coach) Prasad has managed to do with his team.”
India had four players in double digits, with Tamil Nadu’s centre Aravind Annadurai top scoring with 22 points, which included one three pointer, surprising for someone playing his position. “We are confident of doing better at the FIBA Asia level this time, as now other teams fear us.” said small forward Prasanna Venkatesh. He has reason to feel optimistic, as India fielded five first time senior team debutants this time, who managed to more than fill in for the absence of missing starters Amritpal Singh, Amjyot Singh Gill, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Yadwinder Singh.
The winning team was given a cash prize of Rs 35,000 as a personal gesture of Basketball Federation of India (BFI) President K Govindraj. Trophies and medals were handed out to the top three teams of India (gold), Sri Lanka (silver) and Nepal (bronze).
Earlier in the Day
In a highly engrossing morning contest, Nepal pushed Sri Lanka to the absolute brink on the final morning of the 4th South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship 2015 that is underway at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. Luckily Sri Lanka gathered its wits in the last quarter to set up a title clash against the only other undefeated team in the championship, hosts India.
Earlier in the morning, it was almost déjà vu for the players and spectators alike, as defending champs India re-enacted their dominance, this time over Maldives. In an inconsequential match, Bangladesh registered a moral victory over bottom placed Bhutan.
|2.||Sri Lanka (4-1)||92+100+80+76+44||66+57+63+68+93||+43|
Results from 5th July 2015
- India (Aravind A 22, Pratham Singh 17, Joginder Singh Saharan 13) bt Sri Lanka (Praneeth Udumalagala 13) 93-44 [22-13, 24-13, 29-10, 18-8]
- Maldives (Mohamed Zilaal 18, Amhed Firaash 16, Ilyas Ibrahim 13) bt Bhutan (Chimi Wangchuk 11, Karma Wangchuk 11) 97-55 [21-14, 26-18, 30-11, 20-12]
- Sri Lanka (Randima Sooriyaachchi 16, Thimothi Thineshkanth 14, Sudesh Ahmed 11) bt Nepal (Ayush Singh 13, Bikram Joshi 12, Sadish Pradhan 12) 76-68 [18-23, 18-17, 22-15, 18-14]
- India (Prasanna Venkatesh 26, Rikin Pethani 21, Akashdeep Hazra 17, A Aravind 17) Maldives (Zakariya Latheef 14) 128-48 [28-8, 39-10, 34-16, 27-14]
- Bangladesh (Md Tareq Aziz 26 pts & 10 rbs, Mithunkumar Biswas 18 pts & 12 rbs, Mithun Sarkan 17) Bhutan (Rinchen Dorji 21, Tashi Tendhar 12) 82-70 [19-18, 18-15, 25-16, 20-21]
About the 4th SABA Championship 2015
The 4th South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship 2015 was played from 3rd to 5th July at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in India’s IT city of Bengaluru. The three day Championship was played on a round robin league format. Six South Asian teams— defending champions & hosts India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the island nations of Sri Lanka and Maldives were in the fray. The team with the best record at the end of this championship after five matches progresses from the South Asian region to the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship scheduled for 23rd September to 3rd October in Changsha (China).
The Indian men’s team was coached by Prasad Rama Linga, managed by Gautam Ganguly and captained by Rikin Pethani.
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]