New Delhi/Bengaluru (15 August 2015): The two Indian men’s basketball teams, Bangalore and Chandigarh, have lost their league games and been knocked out of the 3×3 FIBA World Tour – Beijing Masters.

Jeevanantham Pandi in action for Team Bangalore India and NoviSad

Jeevanantham Pandi in action for Team Bangalore India and NoviSad. Image credit: FIBA

Team Bangalore (seeded 9th), which comprises senior Indian team campers that won the 3×3 South Asian Qualifiers in Colombo a few weeks ago, faced off against 8th seeded Zheng Zhou in their first game. The Pool A match at the Wukesong Hi-Park in Beijing was extremely close, with India going down 18-21. The second and final league match for Bangalore was always going to be an uphill task, facing tournament top seeds NoviSad AlWahda (UAE). The one sided contest saw Bangalore fall 13-21. Despite the two losses, the bright spot for India undoubtedly was the scoring abilities of Bangalore centre Jeevanantham Pandi. His 16 points was the second highest after two league games, among all 48 individual participants.

Rajveer Singh of Team Chandigarh-India drives against Tokyo. Image credit: FIBA

Rajveer Singh of Team Chandigarh-India drives against Tokyo. Image credit: FIBA

The young Chandigarh team, seeded 12th and placed in Pool D, lost to Tokyo Japan (4th seeds) 12-21, and later in the evening to hometeam Wukesong (5th seeds) 13-21.

While India may have been knocked out of the team events, Siddhant Shinde from Bangalore and Kushmeet Atwal from Chandigarh have registered in the shootout contest that will be held tomorrow (16th August 2015).

Results for India matches: 1) Chandigarh lost to Tokyo Japan 12-21; 2) Bangalore lost to Zheng Zhou 18-21; 3) Bangalore lost to NoviSad AlWahda UAE 13-21; 4) Chandigarh lost to Wukesong China 13-21.

About Beijing Masters

The third stage of the 2015 FIBA 3×3 World Tour will be held in Beijing China on 15-16 August 2015. The twelve best teams from the qualifiers held in the Beijing catchment area compete for two days for the pride to represent their city, a USD 10,000 cheque and a chance (for the two finalists) to qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October 2015.

The 12 teams are divided into four pools of three teams playing in a round-robin first round against their two respective pool opponents. The top-two placed teams from each pool advance to a standard knock-out round which starts at the quarter-finals stage. The two best teams qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final, which will be staged in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October 2015. Apart from this main event, a dunk contest and a three-point shootout contest will also be held.  Read more: http://www.fiba.com/3x3wt/2015/beijing/competition-format

INDIAN TEAMS FOR THE FIBA 3×3 WORLD TOUR – BEIJING MASTERS

Team Bangalore

SL NO. NAME POSITION* JERSEY NO. DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH
1. Basil Philip SG/SF 12 10/01/1991 Sulthanbathery, Kerala
2. Rajesh Uppar PG 4 20/01/1991 Dharwad, Karnataka
3. Siddhant Shinde PG/SG 9 15/06/1991 Pune, Maharashtra
4. Jeevanantham Pandi PF/C 10 13/10/1994 Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu

*C= Centre, PF= Power Forward, SF= Small Forward, SG= Shooting Guard, PG= Point Guard

Team Chandigarh

SL NO. NAME DATE OF BIRTH
1. Kushmeet Atwal 24/04/1995
2. Arshpreet Bhullar 01/10/1996
3. Arshdeep Dhillon 02/12/1995
4. Rajveer Singh 24/10/1995

About the FIBA 3×3 World Tour

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The FIBA 3×3 World Tour is the pinnacle event of an ‘open’ network of FIBA-endorsed 3×3 tournaments. Any group of four players – regardless of their nationality and representing a city – can qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour by taking part in a lower level/regional tournament, eventually making their way to the world stage.

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour was first launched in 2012. The former winners are San Juan (PUR, 2012), Brezovica (SLO, 2013) and Novi Sad (SRB, 2014).

It consists of six Masters tournaments, before culminating with the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final. The schedule of the 2015 edition is the following:

  • Manila Masters, Philippines – 1-2 August
  • Prague Masters, Czech Republic – 8-9 August
  • Beijing Masters, China – 15-16 August
  • Lausanne Masters, Switzerland – 28-29 August
  • Mexico DF Masters, Mexico – 9-10 September
  • Rio de Janeiro Masters, Brazil – 26-27 September
  • 3×3 World Tour Final, Abu Dhabi, UAE -15-16 October

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour events are true urban culture festivals, organised in the heart of the cities against the most iconic landmarks and feature non-stop music and MCs calling the games, professional dunkers, breakdancers and other street artists. They are in line with FIBA’s “3×3 for everyone philosophy” as spectators and passers-by are invited to participate in 3×3 games and activities.

Read more: http://www.fiba.com/3x3WT/2015/manila/about-world-tour

About 3×3 Basketball- Basic Rules

  • Four members per team. Three active players on court at all times, with one rolling substitute.
  • Played using only one half of a traditional basketball court.
  • Scoring:
    • Traditional three point shots from behind the arc will be awarded 2 points
    • Every shot inside the arc is awarded 1 point.
    • Every successful freethrow is awarded 1 point.
  • Match duration: 10 minutes (with stoppages for dead ball situations and freethrows)
  • The team which scores 21 points or more within the match duration, wins the game. If neither team is able to reach 21 points, then the team with the higher points after the conclusion of 10 minutes is declared the winner.
  • If the scores are tied, then an extra period of time is played. Here the first team to score 2 points in overtime wins the game.
  • Each offensive possession will be for 12 seconds only.
  • Following each successful field goal or made free throw, a player from the non-scoring team will resume the game by dribbling or passing the ball from inside the court directly underneath the basket (not from behind the end line) to a place on the court behind the arc.
  • If the defensive team steals or blocks the ball, it must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling).

Read more: http://www.fiba.com/downloads/v3_abouFiba/3×3/3x3_2015_Rules_Text.pdf

Gopalakrishnan R
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