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.”

A game of two halves as India blow a 16 point half time lead to end the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 campaign.

·         The Indian men’s basketball team lost their final game of the group stages against Syria 78 – 87, ending their campaign at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017.

·         The big centres on both sides racked up double-doubles: Ivan Todorovic with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Syria, and Amritpal Singh with 17 points and 13 rebounds for India.

·         The Indian men’s team’s next key assignment will be the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup (Asian Qualifiers) later this year, when it takes on Lebanon on 23rd November.

Amjyot Singh Gill tries to make a strong move to the hoop vs Syria. Image credits: FIBA.com

Bengaluru/Beirut, 14th August 2017:  The Indian men’s basketball team has ended its campaign at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017, after a 78-87 loss to Syria in the final game of the group stages.

It was a game of two halves, as India was absolutely brilliant in the first twenty minutes. At half time, India was leading 51 – 35 which grew to 19 early in the second half.

But Syria began to stifle India thereafter. They were hustling the Indian men into taking tough shots, while scoring relentlessly at the other end. Syria tied the game at 71 each with 6 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, before taking the lead for good.

The big centres on both sides starred for their teams with double-doubles: Ivan Todorovic with 23 points and 14 rebounds for Syria, and Amritpal Singh with 17 points and 13 rebounds for India. 

Aravind Annadurai top scored for India with 20 points, most of which came in a hugely impressive first half. While the team will be disappointed at not progressing deeper into the tournament, it was excellent exposure for the younger players looking to build chemistry ahead of the all important 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup (Asian Qualifiers). Grouped with Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, India’s qualification campaign will begin against Lebanon on 23rd November 2017.

 

Syria (Ivan Todorovic 23 pts, 14 rebs; Micheal Madanly 18 pts; Tarek Aljabi 18 pts) bt India (Aravind Annadurai 20 pts; Amritpal Singh 17 pts, 13 rebs; Amjyot Singh Gill 17 pts) 87–78 [17 – 25, 18 – 26, 25 – 17, 27 – 10]

 

About the FIBA Asia Cup 2017

The FIBA Asia Cup 2017 is being played in Lebanon from 8-20 August 2017. For the first time, the tournament features Oceanian powerhouses Australia and New Zealand, as sixteen teams battle for top honours in Asia.

India is in Group A, along with Jordan, Syria, and three-time Asian champions Iran. The remaining groups comprise the following teams: Iraq, China, Philippines, and Qatar (Group B); Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Korea, and New Zealand (Group C); and Japan, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and Australia (Group D).

The top three teams from each group will advance to the second phase, where they will be divided into two groups of six teams each (Groups E and F). The top four teams from each of these groups will advance to the quarterfinals.

China enters the tournament as defending champions, having won the FIBA Asia Championship 2015 on home soil.

Official tournament website: www.fiba.com/asiacup/2017

 

INDIAN SQUAD FOR THE FIBA ASIA CUP 2017

Jersey
No

Family Name(s)

/Last Name

First Name (s)

/Given Name

Date of Birth
(dd/mm/yyyy)

Place of Birth
(City &State)

Height
(cm)

Weight

(Kg)

Position

6

ANNADURAI

Aravind

5/07/1993

Tanjore

TN

200

95

PF/C

7

BUKANKERE KRISHNE GOWDA

Anil Kumar

31/07/1989

Mandya

Karnataka

186

72

G

8

 

Rajvir Singh

25/10/1995

Jalandhar

Punjab

188

85

G/F

9

BHRIGUVANSHI

Vishesh

13/09/1991

Varanasi

UP

192

98

G/F

10

 

Amritpal Singh

5/01/1991

GannaPind

Punjab

210

110

C

15

PETHANI

Rikin Shantilal

2/12/1990

SajiavadarAmreli

Gujarat

203

104

C

22

GILL

Amjyot Singh

27/01/1992

Chandigarh

Punjab/ Haryana

203

105

F

24

POIYAMOZHI

Baladhaneshwar

7/12/1999

UllikkottaiManargudi

TN

179

69

PG

46

SIVAKUMAR

Prasanna Venkatesh

25/09/1992

Gobichettipalayam

TN

186

86

G/F

52

BHAMARA

Satnam Singh

10/12/1995

Chawke

Punjab

218

132

C

77

HAFEEZ

Muin Bek

28/01/1991

Dharmapuri

TN

190

83

F

99

 

Talwinderjit Singh

20/10/1986

Patiala

Punjab

183

80

PG

 

13 Team Manager:

Shafiqahmed Abdulhafiz SHAIKH

14 Coach:

Baskar SAPPANIAMBALAM

15 AssistantCoach:

Sebastian PADIPURAKKAL JOSEPH

16 Official:

Raj Kumar DUBEY (Physiotherapist)

17FIBA Referee:

Ceciline Michael Vino VINCENT FRANCIS VICTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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