Bengaluru, 7th June, 2016: Karnataka State’s last game against Thailand was a closely fought contest as they ended up losing by just 4 points to clinch the 5th position in the tournament.
Day 5 Scores
Karnataka State lost out on the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the game by 9 points and 2 points. While they managed to outscore Thailand in the 1st and 4th quarters, they could not overcome that deficit. Important contributions to the team were made by Aravind (32 points), Aravind (18 points), Akhilan (14 points), Rajesh (13 points) and Abhishek (4 points).
Thailand 84 bt Karnataka State (India) 80 (Aravind 32, Aravind 18, Akhilan 14, Rajesh 13, Abhishek 4) [19-24, 25-14, 22-20, 18-22]
The Previous 2 Days
Karnataka State’s tough loss came after Day 3 and Day 4 where they split a pair of games against Chinese Taipei and a quick Philippines team.
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.