Ahmedabad Wingers beat Lucknow Ligers 21-11 to win 3BL Men’s Conference ‘B’ Rd. 1.

Led by Indian basketball’s Big Two of Amritpal Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Ahmedabad Wingers comfortably beat Lucknow Ligers 21-11 to win the Men’s Conference ‘B’ Round 1 title.

Ahmedabad Wingers Amritpal Singh

Amritpal Singh was unstoppable in the 3BL Round 1 Conf. B finals.

3BL the only 3X3 Professional Basketball League in India is backed by the Basketball Federation of India and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) tipped off their third season yesterday. The tournament is being played at the Wyndham Hotel, Mohali from 8th – 21st March 2022 and is seeing participation from top national and international men’s and women’s 3X3 basketball players.

While Lucknow Ligers were able to upset the Wingers 21-17 in the pool stages, the final proved to be a different matter. Buoyed by the return of their 7ft India centre Amritpal Singh, Wingers made short work of Ligers. The game was tied 7-7 before the ‘Big Singh’ took over the paint. The Wingers’ lead swelled to 17-9 as Ligers’ relatively undersized centres Sowkin Shetty and Dinesh Mishra seemingly had no answers to keep Singh away from the basket.

India Basketball captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi in unlikely two-man team victory 

Earlier in the pool stages, Ahmedabad Wingers also pulled off an improbable upset over Chennai Icon, despite having only two players. Prior to the start of the game, Wingers were already missing the 7ft India centre Amritpal Singh. Then, less than a minute into tip off, 3BL regular Rajan Sharma suffered an injury. This forced Indian basketball captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Abhyudaya Yadav to compete against three opposing players.

As it turned out, two players were more than enough as the Wingers cruised to a 10 point, 21-11, win. “Somehow we managed and got victory,” Bhriguvanshi said after the game. His teammate Yadav, who led the charge with his bruising drives to the basket added, “We are just very persistent. It is good to play under the leadership of such players like Vishesh bhaiyya, Rajan bhaiyya and also Amritpal Singh.”

Round 1 {Men’s Conference B} Results

Finals
Ahmedabad Wingers bt Lucknow Ligers 21-11
Semifinals
Ahmedabad Wingers bt Aizawl Legends 21-15

Lucknow Ligers bt Delhi Hoopers 21-17

League Rounds
Pool A

Delhi Hoopers bt Aizawl Legends 20-18

Aizawl Legends bt Kolkata Warriors 19-17

Kolkata Warriors bt Delhi Hoopers 11-10

Pool B

Ahmedabad Wingers bt Chennai Icon 21-11

Lucknow Ligers bt Ahmedabad Wingers 21-17

Lucknow Ligers bt Chennai Icon 21-17

All results, team lists, pools and schedule can be accessed on the FIBA 3×3 website.

 

About 3×3 Pro Basketball League (‘3BL’) Season 3

3BL is India’s only Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) backed3x3 Pro Basketball League. The third season of the League is underway in Chandigarh, between 8-21 March 2022, and will take place over six two-day rounds.

Besides the chance to win each round, top teams also get the exclusive opportunity to compete at FIBA 3×3’s international circuit such as Challengers and World Tours.

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