Wingers beat Lucknow Ligers in their third straight finals meeting to retain the 3BL Men’s Conference ‘B’ ‘Round’ title.

There seems to be no stopping Ahmedabad Wingers in  3BL Men’s Conference ‘B’, as they clinched their third straight ‘Round’ title. ‘3BL’, the only 3X3 Professional Basketball League in India is backed by the Basketball Federation of India and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The third season is being played at the Hotel Wyndham Chandigarh Mohali from 8th – 21st March 2022 and is seeing participation from top national and international men’s and women’s 3X3 basketball players.

Seven footer Amritpal Singh brooks no resistance

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Hoping that third time would be the charm, Lucknow Ligers tried to change things up against the powerhouse Ahmedabad Wingers. The Wingers squad boasts of Indian basketball’s ‘Big Two’ of centre Amritpal Singh and playmaker Vishesh Bhriguvanshi.

Ligers initially double-teamed the 7ft Singh to force the ball out of his hands, but strangely did not persist with this strategy. Towering over his opponents, Singh had his way around the basket, keeping his composure and soft touch.

On the offensive end, Singh’s rival centre Sowkin Shetty’s attempts to coax the Big Man out of the paint failed, as Shetty’s outside shots kept clanking off the rim. Ligers’ Rachit Singh his team’s sole player to regularly find the bottom of the net, but couldn’t prevent a 12-22 lopsided loss.

“This is my first time playing a 3×3 format on a professional level. I’m loving the aggression. I’ll be looking forward to play more,” said Sahaij Sekhon of Luckow Ligers, an exciting young Indian national team guard who also happens to hail from Chandigarh.

Earlier in the semifinals, Wingers suffered a minor scare against a hot shooting Chennai Icon, before eventually winning with a 21-18 scoreline.

Round 3 {Men’s Conference ‘B’} Results

Finals
Ahmedabad Wingers bt Lucknow Ligers 22-12
Semifinals
Ahmedabad Wingers bt Chennai Icon 21-18

Lucknow Ligers bt Kolkata Warriors 21-17

League Rounds
Pool A

Ahmedabad Wingers bt Delhi Hoopers 22-14

Ahmedabad Wingers bt Kolkata Warriors 22-14

Kolkata Warriors bt Delhi Hoopers 20-14

Pool B

Chennai Icon bt Aizawl Legends 21-13

Lucknow Ligers bt Aizawl Legends 22-15

Lucknow Ligers bt Chennai Icon 21-16

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) backed 3×3 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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