BENGALURU/CHANGSHA, 01 October 2015: The courageous run of the Indian men’s basketball team ended earlier today with a loss to hosts China in the quarterfinals of the 28th FIBA Asia Championship 2015 in Changsha.
Returning to the knockout stage after a gap of 12 years, the Young Cagers showed glimpses of their class and ability to go toe to toe against one of the top sides in the continent. The last time the two teams faced each other during the 5th FIBA Asia Cup, India had stunned their opponents 65-58. Tonight, India led in the initial few minutes before China turned on its jets, led mainly by former NBA centre Yi Jianlian. Jianlian was restricted inside by his hardworking Indian counterpart Amritpal Singh. But being a rare big man who can shoot from long range, Jianlian could not be stopped, and had 18 points at halftime. China moved the ball well to effectively counter India’s 2-3 zone.
For India, overall tournament top scorer Amjyot Singh was aggressively man marked, so small forward Yadwinder Singh and Captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi took up most of the scoring load. While Yadwinder was aggressive in the first quarter, guard Bhriguvanshi caught fire midway through the second quarter with back to back threes. He continued to showcase his scoring and playmaking abilities in the second half to end the game with a match high 22 points and 5 assists. His tournament average of 16.1 points per game and nearly 5 assists per game has ensured that he, along with forward Amjyot Singh, are in the conversation for making the tournament All-Star team.
While India’s run in the main competition has ended, the side has two key classification games to look forward to, starting with the first one against Korea tomorrow (time TBD). A win in either of these games will allow India to secure its best ever tournament ranking since 1989, when it finished 6th.
India’s upcoming matches at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship*
Classification Match [5-8 positions]
vs Korea on 2nd October 2015 (Time TBD)
*Scroll down below for tournament groupings, format, history, and India’s past participation.
How to follow the games
The Championship is being held at two venues in Changsha, China. The primary venue is the Gymnasium of Changsha Social Work College, while the secondary venue is the Gymnasium of Central South University of Forestry and Technology.
Matches are being aired on NEO SPORTS. Live streaming of the game is also available on a paid subscription basis here: http://www.livebasketball.tv/home. Live play by play updates are also available on FIBA’s official website: http://www.fiba.com/asia/2015.
INDIAN SQUAD FOR THE 28TH FIBA ASIA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
|Name||Date of Birth
|Place of Birth
(City & State)
|03||Vinay Kaushik||30/08/1991||Lakhan Majra||Haryana||189||88||F|
|04||Rajesh Prakash Uppar||20/01/1991||Dharwad||Karnataka||172||67||PG|
|07||Siddhant Sanjay Shinde||15/06/1991||Pune||Maharashtra||180||75||G|
|09||Vishesh Bhriguvanshi||13/09/1991||Varanasi||Uttar Pradesh||193||95||G/F|
|10||Amritpal Singh||05/01/1991||Ganna Pind||Punjab||207||110||C|
|14||Yadwinder Singh||30/12/1986||Rasulpur Khurd||Haryana||196||90||F|
|22||Amjyot Singh||27/01/1992||Chandigarh||Punjab/ Haryana||203||104||F|
|66||Akilan Pari||20/07/1989||Chennai||Tamil Nadu||180||70||PG|
|96||Gurvinder Singh Gill||21/01/1996||Chandigarh||Punjab/ Haryana||200||90||PF|
*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Pivot
13) Team Manager: Mr Goutam Ganguly (West Bengal)
14) Head Coach: Mr Sat Prakash (Rajasthan)
15) Assistant Coach: Mr Sebastian Padipurakkal Joseph (Kerala)
16) Team Physio: Dr Nikhil Nellikka Puthiyandi (Karnataka)
17) Mr Atanu Banerjee (West Bengal)
18) Mr Ceceline Michael Vino (Tamil Nadu)
19) Snehal Bendke (Maharashtra)
About the 28th FIBA Asia Men’s Championship 2015
Second Round Groups
Group E: Iran, Philippines, Palestine, Japan, India, Hong Kong
Group F: China, Qatar, Korea, Jordan, Lebanon, Kazakhstan
Preliminary Round Groups
Group A: Iran, India, Malaysia and Japan
Group B: Hong Kong, Palestine, Philippines and Kuwait
Group C: China, Korea, Jordan and Singapore
Group D: Chinese Taipei, Lebanon, Qatar and Kazakhstan
This will be the 28th edition of the Asian Men’s Basketball Championship. 16 teams are expected participate in this championship and are divided into four groups (A, B, C and D) of four teams each. League matches are conducted within each group and the top three teams from each group proceed to the second round. The second round will comprise 12 teams in total split into two groups (E and F) of six teams each. The three top teams from groups A and B after the first round will be placed in Group E in the second round, while groups C and D’s top three teams will be placed in Group F.
In the second round, the top four teams each from Group C and D progress to the quarterfinals, followed by the semi-finals and finals. The 2015 FIBA Asia Championship is a qualifier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The winner qualifies automatically for 2016 Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams earn spots for 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT).
Tournament history & India’s participation
Prior to the upcoming iteration, 27 editions of this biennial championship have been held so far, dating back to 1960. Philippines won the inaugural edition. China leads the medal’s tally with 15 golds, followed by Philippines (5 golds) and Iran (3 golds) India first participated at this event in 1965, and has competed 24 times in total. The Indian men’s team best finish came in 1975, when we finished 4th. India has also secured 5th place at the 1969, 1979 and 1981 iterations.
At the last edition in 2013, Iran, Philippines and Korea were the top three sides, while India finished 11th.
For more details on Indian national teams’ tournament history at the international level see: http://archive.fiba.com/pages/eng/fa/p/lid_38138_cp/1/rpp/100/tid/301/_//teams.html