Bengaluru, 21st August, 2016: In a first of its kind, a basketball league has been organized by the Karnataka State Basketball Association. Eight teams from three districts will participate in the league. The districts will play host to the initial stages, while the final leg will be played in Bengaluru at a later date. These eight teams are to be divided into 2 groups of 4 each.
The first three days of the league have been played at Hasanamba Indoor Stadium, Hassan.
Scores on Day 3 of the Karnataka Basketball League
Hoysala BC, Hassan 71 (Tharanath 23, Prabhu 16) bt Mangalore BC 65 (Aditya 22, Ashok 13) [HT 45-39]
Hoysala BC, Hassan are the champions of the Hassan division Karnataka Basketball League.
Hoysala, Hassan 69 (Tharanath 19, Prabhu 16) bt Merchants, Davangere 51 (Manjunath 20, Sachin 11) [HT 24-28]
Mangalore BC 53 (Melver 17, Pranvil 14) bt K S Hegde, Nitte 52 (Gagan 18, Jebin 17) [HT 20-22]
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 Ministers trophy at Penang, Malaysia.