New Delhi/Bengaluru, 29th July 2016: Entering the quarterfinals of the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for the first time in 12 years, the Indian Men’s U18 Team took on Group B toppers Lebanon.
Starting well, India ended the first quarter trailing by just two points, 21 to 23. The second quarter though was a different story, as Lebanon outscored India 26-9. For Lebanon, Ozier led the charge, finishing with 71.43% from the field on 5/7 shooting. India had 10 points off the bench in the first half, distributed between Gineeb Benny (6 pts) and Sahil (4 pts).
By the end of the first half, the scores were Lebanon 49 – 30 India.
At the beginning of the 2nd half, Lebanon went on a 13-0 run before a three pointer by Captain Baladaneshwar eventually stemmed the bleeding. That led to a resurgence by India, which scored 20 points in the period as against 21 by Lebanon. However, the consistent Lebanon again separated itself in the 4th quarter to beat India 98-67 and go through the semifinals.
India will now play the first of its classification matches (to decide the 5-8 placed teams) against Chinese Taipei, tomorrow. A win against Taipei will guarantee India its best ever placing since 1972, when the side ended 4th.
You can watch the game here:
Lebanon (M Alkhoury 18 pts 10 reb, N Ozeir 17 pts 10 reb, S Ghandour 15 pts 8 reb) bt India (Gineeb Benny 19 pts 7 reb, P Baladaneshwar 17 pts 6 ast, Vishal Gupta 9 pts 9 reb) 98-67 [23-21, 26-9, 21-20, 28-17]
Indian Squad for the 24th FIBA Asia U18 Men’s Championship 2016
|Date of Birth
|Place of Birth||Height
(cm)(ft and inches)
|9||Sayyed||Saqlain Jamir||15/02/1998||Kada, Maharashtra||190
|13||Gupta||Vishal Kumar||04/01/1998||Village Chapar, Uttar Pradesh||199
|14||Mohammed Ali||06/04/1998||Samo Ki Dhani, Rajasthan||194
|24||Poiyamozhi||Baladhaneshwar||07/12/1999||Ullikkottai Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu||180
|25||Ragupathy||Hariram||24/04/1998||Chennai, Tamil Nadu||184
|30||Arthur Wilson||Daniel Richards||25/10/1998||Chennai, Tamil Nadu||180
|52||Noushad||Muhammed Shiras||04/07/1999||Alappuzha, Kerala||190
*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Pivot
13) Team Manager: Mr. Ashok Sahu
14) Physio: Dr. Kannan Ratinasamy Bose
15) Head Coach: Mr. Dilip Gurumurthy
16) Assistant Coach: Mr. Paramdeep Singh
17) Referee: Mr. Imran Ali Baig
18) Referee: Mr. Ramesh Koppanathi
About the 24th FIBA Asia U18 Men’s Championship 2016
Venue: Azadi Sports Complex, Tehran, Iran
There are 12 participating teams that have been divided into two preliminary groups:
Group A – China (WR-12), Chinese Taipei (WR-27), India (WR-52), Iraq (WR-62), Philippines (WR-28) and Thailand (WR-67).
Group B – Indonesia (WR-70), Iran (WR-24), Japan (WR-26), Kazakhstan (WR-37), Korea (WR-18) and Lebanon (WR-54).
Each team shall play all the other teams within its own group and the top 4 teams from each group qualify for the quarter-final round, followed by the semi-finals and finals. Additionally, placement matches will also be held for positions 3-8.
The significance of this Championship is that the top three teams progress to the FIBA Under-19 World Championship that will be held in Cairo, Egypt from 1 to 9 July 2017.
India’s Upcoming Schedule [Timings in IST]
For more details see: www.fiba.com/asia/u18/2016/fullschedule
All the matches are expected to be streamed live on www.livebasketball.tv
The Asia U-18 Men’s Championship was first held in 1970 in Seoul and has since been held every 2 years (or 3 years in certain cases). China is the most storied team at the Asian level, having won gold 11 times, followed by Philippines (6) and South Korea (3).
Coming into this edition, China is the defending champion, followed by Iran (silver) and South Korea (bronze).
For info on all time medallists, see: www.fiba.com/asia/u18/2016/all-time-medalists
Prior to the upcoming edition, India has participated in the Asian Championship 18 times, with its best finish coming at the 1972 Championship held in Manila, Philippines, where the side finished 4th.
As hosts, India had conducted the 1998 and 2004 iterations in Kolkata and Bengaluru respectively. From 2006-2010 and in the last 2014 edition, India finished in 13th place, while in 2012, India managed a higher 10th place finish.