India guard Sandhya CR drives to the hoop against Korea. Image credit FIBA Asia

India guard Sandhya CR drives to the hoop against Korea. Image credit FIBA Asia

New Delhi (2 August 2015): The Indian U16 Girls basketball team have begun their 2015 FIBA Asia campaign with a tough 52-97 loss to seasoned heavyweights South Korea. Placed in Level 1 with the top Asian teams, the Indian side turned the ball over as many as 30 times to hand their opponents this decisive win.

Korea’s high pressure defence had them racing away to a 30-8 first quarter lead. India’s defense tightened in the second quarter to restrict Korea to 17 points, but Korea still led 47-17. The second half saw an improvement offensively with India tallying close to 20 points in each of the third and fourth quarters.

For India, guard Rutuja Pawar and centre Sushantika Chakravortty hit double digits in scoring, while a balanced Korea moved the ball exceptionally well to tally 28 team assists enabling five players to score 10 points or more. Tamil Nadu forward Srishti Suren showcased her physicality with 12 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive end.

India will take on another Asian giant Japan in the next game tomorrow afternoon (1:30 pm IST) and will hope to regroup quickly and put on a superior show.

South Korea (Sohee Lee 18 pts, Hyunji Park 10 pts & 11 rbs, Geomjin Jeong 14 pts) bt India 97-52 [30-8, 17-9, 25-18, 25-17]

Gopalakrishnan R
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