Delhi 3×3 teams – Storm (Men) & Divas (Women) – won the second edition of Red Bull Half Court to punch their tickets to the World Finals in Egypt, later this September.
The Red Bull Half Court 2022 National Finals was held yesterday at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College in Chandigarh, and featured 8 men’s teams and four women’s teams.
Delhi 3×3 teams win in contrasting styles
In the men’s finals, Delhi Storm upended predictions, beating Pistol Group, Ludhiana in a thrilling contest. Featuring India’s top four ranked FIBA 3×3 players in the U23 age category, Pistol Group had also recently won the INBL 3×3 National Title. All that came to naught, as Storm’s inspired play, led by Finals MVP Abhishek Rathee. The fairytale evening was made sweeter for Rathee as it reportedly came on his former ‘home court’, being a former student of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College.
Meanwhile, in the women’s section, Delhi Divas, the reigning champions of the 3×3 Pro Basketball League, were dominant throughout the pool stages and in the finals. Facing a retooled Vels A Chennai team that had undergone last-minute roster changes prior to these National Finals, Delhi had no trouble cruising to a 21-5 victory. India’s seasoned vet, and current #1 ranked FIBA 3×3 player, Raspreet Sidhu, was named the Most Valuable Player.
The two Delhi 3×3 teams will now represent India at the Red Bull Half Court World Finals to be held in Cairo, Egypt, in September.
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