Bengaluru, 28th 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 are participating 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 have been divided into 2 groups of 4 each.
Hoysala BC won the Hassan Leg of the league, winning against Mangalore BC 71 to 65.
Rovers are the champions of Phase 2 of the Karnataka Basketball League, winning against SAI, Dharwad 66 to 61.
Rovers and SAI, Dharwad will go on to the Super League in Bangalore.
Scores on Day 3 of the Bijapur Phase (Phase 2) of the Karnataka Basketball League
Rovers, Dharwad 74 (Sunil 23, Rajashekar 17) bt Bros Bijapur 49 (Nagaraj 22, Chetan 18) [HT 41-22]
SAI, Dharwad 67 (Satish 21, Vagish 17) bt Bhagwan, Gulbarga 31 (Mahesh 13) [HT 31-15]
Rovers, Dharwad 66 (Sunil 19, Naveen 17) bt SAI, Dharwad 61 (Satish 23, Vishal 20) [HT 36-38]
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.