This is perhaps India's best ever finish at this event, after it finished 4th at the 2010 edition.
· The 21st Best Mart 360° Super Kung Sheung Cup International Basketball Invitation Championship is being held in Hong Kong at the Queen Elizabeth stadium between 13th to 18th December.
· India easily beat Eastern Long Lions, Hong Kong to 90-60 to end the Championship on perhaps its best ever third place.
The Indian men's basketball team which finished 3rd at the 21st Super Kung Cheung Cup
Hong Kong, 18th December 2016: Earlier today, the Indian senior men’s basketball team comfortably secured bronze at the 21st Best Mart 360°Super Kung Sheung Cup International Basketball Invitation Championship concluded a short while ago in Hong Kong.
Southern California Fukienese Association Basketball Team (USA) beat SCAA (Hong Kong) 88-82 to repeat as champs.
India beats Hong Kong 90-60 to finish third
India had no trouble whatsoever again Eastern Long Lions, Hong Kong. With as many as four players scoring in double digits, India had an exceptional second half to make whatever appeared to be a close game, an eventual no contest.
The Hong Kong side was within striking distance 30-33 at the half, before India enjoyed 32-19 and 25-11 scoring periods to win 90-60. Hong Kong’s Poon Chi Ho hit four straight threes to start the game (6 threes overall for 18 points) but couldn’t prevent the loss.
India’s third place finish is perhaps its best ever at this event, going one better than when it finished 4th in 2010.
India suffer 89-93 heartbreak in semis
Late last night (17th December), India suffered a 4 point heartbreak vs Southern California Fukienese Association Basketball Team (USA). India captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi led from the front and fought valiantly with his 35 points. But the USA team showed grit in the clutch and better staying power, especially in the fourth period, outscoring India 25-16.
India enjoyed a 6 point lead at the end of the first quarter before USA came fighting back to trail 45-46 at halftime. The third quarter saw India move ahead again before the final period ended the game in USA’s favour.
3rd- 4th Place Match (on 18th December): India (Amritpal Singh 24, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 23, Rikin Pethani 16, Pratham Singh 10) bt Eastern Long Lions (Hong Kong) (Poon Chi Ho 18, Christopher Barnes 12, Lee Ki 10) 90-60 [20-17, 13-13, 32-19, 25-11]
Semifinals (on 17th December): Southern California Fukienese Association Basketball Team (USA) (Taylor Statham 26, Donald Lee 21, Van Girard II 10) bt India (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 35, Rikin Pethani 21, Amritpal Singh 17) 93-89 [19-25, 26-21, 23-27, 25-16]