Divas beat maiden finalists Ludhiana Queens 19-11 to win their third Round Title, led by seasoned India player Raspreet Sidhu.

Chandigarh, 17th March 2022: Delhi Divas – led by seasoned India player Raspreet Sidhu – clinched the ‘Round 5’ title of 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). Sidhu was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the third time. The third season of 3BL 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.

Delhi Divas bt Ludhiana Queens 19-11 in Round 5 finals

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Inspired by the leadership and all-round brilliance of their captain Raspreet Sidhu, who is an experienced Indian national team player, Delhi Divas outlasted Ludhiana Queens to win in dominating fashion.

A decisive moment in the game came with the scores tied at 6-6, when Queens entered into foul trouble, having conceded six team fouls within the first 3.5 minutes of the game.

Thereafter, every foul committed by Queens would lead to an extra freethrow attempt for the Divas. This factor, no doubt played on the minds of the Ludhiana players. Taking full advantage of Queens’ tentative defence, Divas built a valuable four point, 10-6 lead. Thereafter, it was a matter of staying ahead, which Delhi did with ease, winning with a clear eight-point margin.

Sidhu named Most Valuable Player (MVP)

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“We take pride in being warriors. A huge shoutout to Ludhiana Queens, not even for a second we felt that this is a one-sided  affair,” Sidhu said after winning her third MVP award.

Divas were unaffected by the absence of their fourth player Ishika Choudhary, who had to sit out due to an injury.

Meanwhile, the young Ludhiana Queens, the only local Punjab team in the Women’s League, should take pride in reaching their first Round Finals, that too after knocking out defending champions Kochi Stars in the semis.

Finale Round Awaits

This Round was the last chance for teams to improve their seeding going into the sixth ‘finale’ round that will decide the overall ‘3BL Season 3 Champion’. “Every player is important. Every player has to defend, rebound and play offense. In the next round, every team will be tough so we will have to compete with 100% effort,” said India player Smruthi Radhakrishnan, whose Pune Panthers team reached the semifinals in Round 5.

Round 5 {Women’s League} Results

Finals
Delhi Divas bt Ludhiana Queens 19-11
Semifinals
Ludhiana Queens bt Kochi Stars 17-16

Delhi Divas bt Pune Panthers 16-12

League Rounds
Pool A

Kochi Stars bt Pune Panthers 21-20

Pune Panthers bt Coimbatore Spunkies 21-11

Kochi Stars bt Coimbatore Spunkies 17-11

Pool B

Delhi Divas bt Jaipur Regals 19-10

Ludhiana Queens bt Jaipur Regals 18-10

Delhi Divas bt Ludhiana Queens 21-8

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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