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.”

India did well to stay in the game right through, but Jordan’s Mousa Alawadi scored crucial buckets to maintain their lead every time the Indian men closed the gap.

·         The Indian men’s basketball team continued their FIBA Asia Cup 2017 campaign with a 54–61 loss to Jordan.

·         Amjyot Singh Gill led the scoring for India with 17 points, and Aravind Annadurai grabbed 10 rebounds.

·         India’s next game is against Syria on 13th August at 2100 local time (2330 IST).

 

Muin Bek Hafeez tries to deny Jordan's Mousa Alawadi. Image credits: FIBA.com

Bengaluru/Beirut, 12th August 2017:  The Indian men’s basketball team continued their FIBA Asia Cup 2017 campaign with a 54 – 61 loss against Jordan on Friday. Unlike the last game against Iran, the Indian men sank some early buckets and raced to a 12 – 8 lead. But Jordan fought back and wrested back a one point lead by the end of the first quarter.

India did well to stay in the game right through, but Jordan’s Mousa Alawadi scored crucial buckets to maintain their lead every time the Indian men closed the gap. He top scored for Jordan with 22 points. Power forward and captain Amjyot Singh Gill led the scoring for India with 17 points, and Aravind Annadurai grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Indian team will also be encouraged by a cameo from 17-year-old Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi, who played with urgency and made some good plays on transition in the second half. With seasoned guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi rested for this game, Baladhaneshwar’s performance was all the more timely.

Eventually, this turned out to be a low scoring game, with both teams going on extended stretches where they failed to score. Both teams will be disappointed with their conversion rate, as they shot a sub-par 34%.

India will be hoping he is fit for their final game of the group stages against Syria on 13th August at 2100 local time (2330 IST), in what is essentially an elimination game as both teams bid to finish third in the group and qualify for the next phase of the tournament.

 

Jordan (Mousa Alawadi 22 pts; Mah’d Abdeen 14 pts; Ahmad Alhamarsheh 13 rebs) bt India (Amjyot Singh Gill 17pts; Muin Bek Hafeez 10pts; Aravind Annadurai 10 rebs) 61–54 [15 – 14, 11 – 9, 18 – 14, 17 – 17]

 

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

15AssistantCoach:

Sebastian PADIPURAKKAL JOSEPH

16Official:

Raj Kumar DUBEY (Physiotherapist)

17FIBA Referee:

Ceciline Michael Vino VINCENT FRANCIS VICTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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