Bengaluru, 6th June, 2016: Karnataka State (representing India) split a pair of games on the 3rd and 4th days of the Chief Minister’s Cup at Penang, Malaysia.

Karnataka first beat Chinese Taipei 96-87, even though they were down 5 points (46-51) going into the second half. Performances by Aravind Arumugam (32 pts),  Aravind Annadurai (30 pts), Abhishek (18 pts) and Rajesh Uppar (10 pts) served to highlight the varied contribution that the Karnataka State team got, to help them win the game.

This was accompanied the next day by a tough loss to the faster Philippines team who pushed the ball well and also managed to get the Karnataka State team out of their comfort zone. The team also missed on 43 of their field goal attempts and this inefficiency contributed to their 70-113 loss, where they only managed to remain competitive in the first quarter.

The Karnataka team will play Thailand on the 7th of June, on the final day of the Chief Minister’s Cup.

Results on Day 3 of The Chief Minister’s Cup

Karnataka State (India) 96 (Aravind Arumugam 32, Aravind Annadurai 30, Abhishek 18, Rajesh Uppar 10) bt Chinese Taipei 87 [HT 46-51]

Results on Day 4 of The Chief Minister’s Cup

Philippines 113 bt Karnataka State (India) 70 (Aravind 24, Abishek 10, Aravind 8, Rajesh 8) [22- 26, 15- 28, 14-34, 19-36]

About Karnataka Basketball

The official recognition to the game of basketball was given in the year 1934 by the Indian Olympic Association. This gave a fillip to the game, and the first National basketball Championship was organized in 1934 by the Indian Olympic Association.

Basketball was introduced to the Mysore State by Y.M.C.A. in 1920s. The Y.M.C.A. has played a vital role not only in spreading the message of sports in Bengaluru, but also developing organized system to promote sports. Mr. A.C. Das, Director of Physical Education and General Secretary Y.M.C.A. took up the primary responsibility. The Mysore State team did not participate in the first National Basketball Championship conducted by the Indian Olympic Association that was held at Delhi. It was in 1936 for the first time Mysore state basketball team was selected and fielded by A.C. Das at Lahore National Championship.

Captain M.G. Vijayasarathy, a product of Y.M.C.A. Chennai was another officer who rendered a great service in popularizing the game in the state. He was like a fatherly figure in the field of Mysore State sports and was responsible for promoting basketball along with his friends and colleagues in Colleges and other Institutions.

Basketball in Karnataka achieved New heights in the year 2014, because for the first time in its history, the state men’s team participated in a six nation International Basketball Tournament along with teams from Australia, Philippines, Singapore,Taipei and hosts Malaysia, for The Chief Minister’s trophy at Penang, Malaysia.

Team Ekalavyas
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