Geethu Anna Rahul: "I want to be a role model for other youngsters."
John Wooden: “It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi: “I never imagined I’ll be leading the national team.”
Pratham Singh: “My teammates are like my family.”

The team also outrebounded South Korea 34 to 29 (including 11 offensive rebounds).

·         The Indian men’s basketball team lost to South Korea 67-92 in their second game of the William Jones Cup.

·         The William Jones Cup is an exposure trip for India ahead of the FIBA Men’s Asia Cup to be held in Lebanon from 8th to 20th August 2017.

·         India’s positives included its balanced team scoring as well as good first and fourth quarters.

·         The team also outrebounded South Korea 34 to 29 (including 11 offensive rebounds).

·         Next up, the Indian men play the Republic of China Blue team on 17th July at 1900 hrs CST (1630 IST).

Taipei/Bengaluru, 16th July 2017:  The Indian men’s basketball team lost to South Korea’s National Team 67-92 in their second game of the William Jones Cup 2017 in Taipei. The Indians matched the South Korean firepower initially and stuck close, ending the first quarter down 15 to 19. The second and third quarters, however, have proved to be tough terrain for India, as they stumbled and watched South Korea pull away.

There were bright spots for India despite the loss. The team outrebounded South Korea 34 to 29, which included 11 offensive rebounds. Youngster Muin Bek Hafeez put up a good all-round performance with 12 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds. As many as four Indian players scored in double digits, led by veteran guard Anil Kumar’s 13 points.

India also had 10 fewer turnovers than their previous game and its two-point shooting percentage was respectable at 47%.

That said, South Korea was clearly superior, as the trigger happy side converted 19 of their 37 attempts from beyond the arc.

India will be hoping to bring it all together in its next game against Republic of China Blue on 17th July at 1900 hrs CST (1630 IST).

 

South Korea (Ung Heo 22 pts, Daesung Lee 16 pts, Lee Junghyun 12 pts) bt India (Anil Kumar BK Gowda 13 pts, Muin Bek Hafeez 12 pts 4 ast, Amjyot Singh Gill 10 pts, Prasanna Venkatesh Sivakumar 10 pts) 92–67 [19-15, 31-13, 29-20, 13-19]

 

About the William Jones Cup

The William Jones Cup is a basketball tournament that has been held annually in Taipei since 1977. The tournament was named in honour of Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). One team represents each country, and that team could be the national team, a professional club, or a college team. The tournament will be played in a single round-robin format, and the final points tally will determine the placing of the teams.

This is the 39th edition of the tournament, and all the games will be played at the Basketball Stadium of Heping Elementary School, Taipei City.

The William Jones Cup will serve as excellent competitive exposure for India ahead of the FIBA Men’s Asia Cup to be held in Lebanon from 8th to 20th August 2017. 

Last year, Phillipines’ Mighty Sports club team took gold in the men’s tournament, while South Korea and Republic of China (i.e. Chinese Taipei) - Blue finished second and third respectively. India finished 1-7 in this edition.

 

List of participating teams

1.       Canada 3D Global Sports

2.       India National Team

3.       Iran National Team

4.       Iraq National Team

5.       Japan National Team

6.       Korea National Team

7.       Lithuania Atletas Team

8.       Philippines National Team

9.       Chinese Taipei National Team A

10.   Chinese Taipei National Team B

 

India’s full schedule

·         15th July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus Iraq

·         16th July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus South Korea

·         17th July, 1700 hrs CST (or 1430 hrs IST)- versus Republic of China – Blue

·         18th July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Iran

·         19th July, 1300 hrs CST (or 1030 hrs IST)- versus Lithuania

·         20th July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Republic of China – White

·         21st July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus Canada

·         22nd July, 1300 hrs CST (or 1030 hrs IST)- versus Philippines

·         23rd July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Japan

Official website: www.jonescup.choxue.com

 

INDIAN CONTINGENT FOR THE 39TH WILLIAM JONES CUP

 

Sr. No.

First Name

Middle and Last Name

Position

DOB

State/Unit

1

Ambati

PRUDHVISHWAR REDDY

PG

02/10/96

Telangana

2

Anil Kumar

BUKANKERE KRISHNE GOWDA

SG

31/07/89

Karnataka/Vijaya Bank

3

Arjun

SINGH

G

08/06/92

Uttarakhand/ONGC

4

Pratham

SINGH

SG

01/10/91

Tamil Nadu/IOB

5

Basil

PHILIP

SG

10/01/91

Kerala/Customs & Central Excise

6

Jeevanantham

PANDI

PF/C

13/10/94

Tamil Nadu/IOB

7

Rikin

PETHANI

C

02/12/90

Tamil Nadu/Income Tax

8

Amjyot Singh

GILL

PF

27/01/92

Punjab

9

Baladhaneshwar

POIYAMOZHI

PG

07/12/92

Tamil Nadu

10

Gurvinder Singh

GILL

PF/C

21/01/96

Punjab

11

PrasannaVenkatesh

SIVAKUMAR

SF

25/09/92

Tamil Nadu/IOB

12

MuinBek

HAFEEZ

SF

28/01/91

Tamil Nadu

Support Staff

13

Baskar

SAPPANIAMBALAM

Coach

20/07/66

Tamil Nadu

14

Padipurakkal Joseph

SEBASTIAN

Coach

21/05/67

Kerala

15

Devender

KUMAR

Manager

04/07/56

Delhi

16

Raj Kumar

DUBEY

Physiotherapist

01/06/68

Uttarakhand/ONGC

17

Peter SanthoshDivaker

PEREJI

Referee

03/07/73

Telangana

 

*PG - Point Guard / Feeder, G - Guard, F - Forward, G/F - Wing, PF - Power Forward, C - Centre, PF/C - Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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