Delhi Divas emerged victorious in Round 1 of the 3BL women’s league action today defeating defending champions Kochi Stars 15-7.

Delhi Divas 3BL Season 3, Round 1 Women's Champion

Delhi Divas 3BL Season 3, Round 1 Women’s Champion

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 the 8th – 21st March 2022 and is seeing participation from top national and international men’s and women’s 3X3 basketball players.

Delhi Divas was being led by senior national women’s team player Raspreet Sidhu who was also adjudged the MVP of the game while Kochi Stars was being led by 6 feet 1-inch National women’s basketball player Stephy Nixon.

Delhi Divas bt Kochi Stars 15-7 in Round 1 Women’s Finals

Braving the strong afternoon sun, Delhi Divas led from start to finish against Kochi Stars to be crowned champions in Round 1.

This was a terrific revenge victory for the Divas, who had lost against defending champions Kochiin the earlier pool stages in a tight overtime game.

Despite an ankle injury suffered by Tavleen Bhandal, Delhi maintained its momentum to keep increasing its lead. Delhi’s defence was particularly top-notch against Kochi, restricting them to just 7 points.

Delhi Divas captain Raspreet Sidhu, Round 1 Most Valuable Player, with 3BL Director Mrs Prerna Sharma

Delhi Divas captain Raspreet Sidhu, Round 1 Most Valuable Player, with 3BL Director Mrs Prerna Sharma

Divas were served by the inspirational play of captain Raspreet Sidhu, who has also been a star player on the Indian national women’s team.

For her consistent performances throughout the day, Sidhu was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Round 1.

It’s amazing we are coming here after two years. I think we can give a huge round [of applause] to 3BL, [Mrs] Prerna [Sharma] (3BL Director) and [Mr] Rohit [Bakshi] (3BL Commissioner) to conduct this League,” said Raspreet Sidhu.

Round 1 {Women’s League} Results

Finals
Delhi Divas bt Kochi Stars 15-7
Semifinals
Delhi Divas bt Ludhiana Queens 13-10

Kochi Stars bt Pune Panthers 12-8

League Rounds
Pool A

Ludhiana Queens btPune Panthers 21-17

Ludhiana Queens bt Coimbatore Spunkies13-12

Pune Panthers bt Coimbatore Spunkies16-14

Pool B

Delhi Divas bt Jaipur Regals 21-4

Kochi Stars bt Delhi Divas 19-17 [Overtime]

Kochi Stars bt Jaipur Regals 13-12

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

 

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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