New Delhi/Bengaluru, 14th November, 2016: The Indian U18 women’s team has lost its second league game, vs China, at the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women in Bangkok, Thailand. The side is now 0-2 and faces Chinese Taipei tomorrow (15th November, 3:30 pm IST).

India lose to China 38-114

Nimmi George attempts a left hand layup against China. Image credit- FIBA.

Nimmi George attempts a left hand layup against China. Image credit- FIBA.

Facing three time defending champs China, India had its back against the wall right from the opening tip off. The champs played a near perfect game on both ends of the floor. They were able to score in transition, in the paint and also hit their jumpshots.

Defensively, while the undersized India opted for a zone defence, China went all out in employing an aggressive man to man pressure defence. Their active hands and interior presence made the entry pass virtually impossible for India. As a result India was forced to attempt three pointers from way beyond the arc. This in turn contributed to India’s low 22% field goal percentage.

Within 5 minutes, China had built up a 18-5 lead, with India’s two buckets coming courtesy guards Nishanti and Bhandavya. Captain Bhandavya was the lone bright spot for India, scoring 10 of her team’s 14 first quarter points. China led 29-14 going into the second quarter.

Turning Point

The second quarter began on a promising note for India. Young centre Sushantika Chakravortty got a couple of tough layups to fall while guard Riya Verma’s shot clock beating three made it an 8 point game (21-29). That though, proved to be a turning point as China checked in the 6ft 9” Xu Han, arguably the tallest player in the tournament. India’s Nimmi George tried her best to contain Han, who nonetheless scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in just 8 minutes.

At halftime China led 55-23.

The final twenty minutes was all China, as the Asian powerhouse showcased textbook ball movement for a high 26 team assists. China’s second unit maintained the scoring tempo with ease, contributing 65 points as against India’s 13. But for all its offensive prowess, China’s defensive effort was the highlight, as it outrebounded India 52-12, while also registering 10 steals and 7 blocks.

For India, Bhandavya was the sole scorer in double digits.

With Chinese Taipei up next, India Coach Shiba Maggon should be credited for giving all her squad members ample time on the floor (11 out of 12 played at least 8 minutes). China, no doubt was favourites to win this contest, but at least in one area (transition defence) India should have done a better job.

China (Shuangyan Tan 18, Yueru Li 17) bt India (Bhandavya HM 12) 114-38 [29-14, 26-9, 30-13, 29-2]

India’s Upcoming Schedule [Timings in IST]

All games are being streamed live on FIBA’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCtInrnU3QbWqFGsdKT1GZtg

vs Chinese Taipei – 15th November, 3:30 PM

vs South Korea – 16th November, 3:30 PM

vs Japan – 17th November, 3:30 PM

Rest Day – 18th November

Knockout and Placement Rounds – 19th and 20th November

For more details see: http://www.fiba.com/asia/u18women/2016/fullschedule

About the 23rd FIBA U18 Asia Championship 2016

The 23rd FIBA U18 Asia Championship 2016 is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from the 13th to the 20th of November.

The top 3 teams will represent Asia at the 2017 FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship in Cairo, Egypt.

Format

The 12-team event has been split into two levels: upper Level 1 (or Group A) and lower level 2 (Group B):

Level 1 (Group A) Teams: China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, India and hosts Thailand

Level 2 (Group B) Teams: Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Indonesia

This is a league cum knockout format. The group phase of the tournament will be played in a round-robin format, with each team playing every other team in their group.  The top four teams from Group A progress to the semifinals, while the bottom two Group A teams will play relegation matches with the top two teams from Group B.

For more information:  http://www.fiba.com/asia/u18women/2016/competition-system

Championship History

The FIBA U18 Asia Championship was first instituted in 1970 and the inaugural edition of the tournament took place in Seoul, South Korea. Coming into this 23rd edition, China and Japan are the three time defending champions and first runners up respectively.

India’s Past Record

Prior to the upcoming 23rd edition, India has participated in the tournament 13 times and has also hosted it once (New Delhi, 2000). India’s best performance at the event came in 1980 when it was placed 4th.

Thereafter the side went into a bit of a lull, getting relegated to lower Level 2 by the end of the 2008 edition. In 2012, the team climbed back into upper Level 1 where it has continued to compete till date.

India will be looking improve upon its 6th place finish in the last edition of the championship (in 2014).

Indian Squad

The team is being captained by the talented Bhandavya HM (who had already debuted on the senior team last year) and coached by the seasoned Shiba Maggon, a former India Women’s Captain.

Indian Squad for the 23rd FIBA U18 Women’s Championship 2016

Jersey
No
Family Name(s)

/Last Name

First Name(s)

/Given Name

Date of Birth
(dd/mm/yyyy)
Place of Birth Height
(cm)
(ft and inches)
Weight (Kg) Position
City State
07 Prabhakara Priyanka 03/10/1998 Nemmara Kerala 177 (5’ 9’’) 54 SG
10 Verma Riya 08/01/1998 Bhilai Chhattisgarh 162 (5’ 3’’) 54 SG
14 Masilamani Nishanti 14/10/1999 Chennai Tamil Nadu 168 (5’ 6’’) 50 PG
15 Sandhu Aakarshan 02/03/1999 Chandigarh Chandigarh 183 (6’) 78 C
20 Pandey Sakshi 30/04/1998 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh 175 (5’ 8’’) 51 SG
23 Menezes Carina Clarence 27/11/1998 Thane Mumbai 175 (5’ 8’’) 58 SF
27 Hemmige Mahesha Bhandavya 18/04/1998 Mandya Karnataka 166 (5’ 5’’) 56 SG
29 Chakravortty Sushantika 24/08/2000 Delhi Delhi 180 (5’ 10’’) 72 PF
54 George Nimmi 01/04/1998 Chalakudy Kerala 183 (6’) 60 C
75 Illath Parappali Anusha 14/03/1998 Kozhikode Kerala 173 (5’ 8’’) 53 SF
86 Ali Gulabsha 15/02/2000 Bhilai Chhattisgarh 165 (5’ 4’’) 64 PG
99 Suren Srishti 30/04/2000 Chennai Tamil Nadu 180 (5’ 10’’) 59 PF

*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Post

13) Team Manager: Mr. Jugraj Singh Baidwan

14) Physio: Dr. Prachi Bipin Shah

15) Head Coach: Ms. Shiba Maggon

16) Assistant Coach: Mr. Kalva Rajeshaver Rao

17) Referee Supervisor: Mr. Naresh Chander Aneja

18) Referee: Ms. Snehal Vidyadhar Bendke

19) Referee: Mr. Amarjot Singh Mavi

Gopalakrishnan R
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