Bengaluru, 2nd April 2018: The Indian U16 Men’s Basketball Teams lose 71-92 to Korea after a stellar performance by Princepal Singh at the first day of the preliminary round of the FIBA U16 Asian Championship going on in Foshan, China .
India put up a respectable fight against Korea but fell short of 21 points. Korea took a 15 point lead in the first quarter but India had a small comeback of their own in the second and third quarter as they matched Korea’s scoring but they were still down by 15 points at the starting of the last quarter where Korea took away the game outscoring India 27-21. Princepal Singh of India led all the scorers with 28 points and collected 17 rebounds and posted 3 huge blocks as well. Rajveer Singh Bhati scored 14 points including 4 three pointers in the second half of the game, Captain Harshvardhan Tomar recorded 9 points as well.
Korea(Kim Jaehyon 19pts, Moon 13pts) bt India(Princepal 28pts, Rajveer 14pts, Harshvardhan 9pts) 92-71(12-27,18-18,20-20,21-27)
The 16 teams qualified to compete are hosts China, reigning champions Korea, Australia, Bahrain, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Thirteen (13) teams will be divided into three (3) groups (A, B, C) of three (3) teams each and one (1) group (D) of four (4). The best placed Team in each group will qualify directly to the Knock-out stage starting with the Quarter-Finals. 2nd and 3rd placed Teams will proceed to the Play-Offs Round. The 4th placed team in group D will be eliminated.
India is placed in Group D alongside Korea, Japan and Lebanon.
Schedule: India Vs Korea (2nd April)
India Vs Japan (3rd April)
India Vs Lebanon (4th April)