Raspreet Sidhu claims second Most Valuable Player (MVP) award as Delhi Divas beat Kochi Stars 21-11, to regain the  3BL Women’s ‘Round’ title.

Chandigarh, 13th March 2022: Delhi Divas dominated against defending champions Kochi Stars to claim their second ‘Round’ title in the 3BL Women’s League. ‘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.

Raspreet Sidhu leads the way again

India player Raspreet Sidhu was in scorching shooting form for Delhi Divas today right from the league rounds.

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Both in the pool stages and in the finals, Divas handed the Stephy Nixon-led Kochi Stars identical 21-11 double digit defeats.

In the finals, Delhi built up an early 6-2 lead. Delhi’s defence remained top notch, containing the much taller India centre Stephy Nixon from causing too much damage in the paint. Divas’ 4 point cushion soon ballooned to a 17-9 advantage, as the Stars appeared gassed in the midday heat.

This was Delhi’s second title win in three rounds. Meanwhile Kochi underlined its consistency reaching its third straight finals.

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Indian basketball legends face-off

Earlier in the league stages, Indian women’s basketball legends Anitha Pauldurai (Padma Shri, 2021) and Geethu Anna Rahul (Arjuna Award, 2014) faced off for the first time this season. Pauldurai’s Jaipur Regals prevailed over Rahul’s Coimbatore Spunkies, giving the Regals their maiden win in the Women’s League.

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“I want to thank 3BL because playing a league is very important for basketball. I know very well because I’ve been playing for 18 years. I am happy that before retirement I’ve played at least two seasons of 3BL, last season and this season. Hats off to [Commissioner Rohit] Bakshi Sir. I hope [his] dreams come true [and] I am sure one day we will play [in the] Olympics,” Pauldurai said after Regals secured a spot in the semifinals.

Round 3 {Women’s League} Results

Finals
Delhi Divas bt Kochi Stars 21-11
Semifinals
Kochi Stars bt Ludhiana Queens 18-16

Delhi Divas bt Jaipur Regals 18-13

League Rounds
Pool A

Ludhiana Queens bt Jaipur Regals 15-10

Ludhiana Queens bt Coimbatore Spunkies 16-9

Jaipur Regals bt Coimbatore Spunkies 21-9

Pool B

Delhi Divas bt Kochi Stars 21-11

Pune Panthers bt Delhi Divas 17-16

Kochi Stars bt Pune Panthers 21-12

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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