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India reaches the semi-finals of division B after beating Iran 97-53.



Bengaluru, 24th October 2017: The FIBA U16 Women's Asian Championship is underway at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru with four division A games and one division B game and 2 division B games at Koramangala Indoor Stadium.


DAY 3, 24th October

Division B

INDIA beat IRAN 97-53
Iran had the opening basket but India came back quickly and scored 8 quick points within one minute but Iran kept fighting back.It was a close fight in the first quarter of the game but India maintained a 27-19 lead. Iran started the second quarter really strong drawing 2 fouls within 10 seconds, but the dynamic duo of Guard Neha Karwa and Forward Vaishnavi Yadav got the team right back into the game with two back to back steals and fast break baskets. Captain Sanjana Ramesh displayed some great defence registering 3 huge blocks in the second quarter itself which shifted the momentum to India's favour. India ended the first half with a 50-26 lead.


The second half started with forward Vaishnavi scoring 10 points in a row and Centre Ann Mary Zachariah entered the game in third quarter with two massive blocks. At the end of the third quarter, India led with as many as 40 points. India put on an offensive masterpiece and finished the game at 97-53. Vaishnavi Yadav finished with 27 points along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. India had four players scoring in double figures. M. Shirazi from Iran led her team with 12 points.



It was a one sided affair as Kazakhstan dominated the debutant Maldives with a score of 114-10. The lack of experience showed as Maldives want able to hold down the Kazakhstan offence as they maintained a big lead since the tip-off.

D. Abbassova from Kazakhstan led all scorers with 18 points.


SRI LANKA beat NEPAL 68-48

Sri Lanka gets their first victory after beating Nepal 68-48. Nepal impressed in the second game of their first International championship but couldn't hold down the Sri Lankan team. Pratikshya Magar was the bright spot for Nepal team as she recorded 20 points along with 29 rebounds, L. Hettiarachchi from Sri Lanka dropped 12 points leading her team in scoring.


Division A


Thailand register their first win of the championship as they beat Hong Kong 93-64. It was an evenly matched game till the first half until Thailand's long range shooting gave them a big lead entering the final quarter. N. Chumjinda from Thailand led all scorers with 24 points, N. Law of Hong Kong dropped 18 points as well.


JAPAN beat CHINA 70-53

It was a rematch of last editions finalists as Japan beat their rivals China 70-53 and reached the top of their group. It was a very close encounter as neither of the teams wanted to lose this match but Japan took it away in the last quarter. Their were many lead changes throughout the game but China's defence fell apart in the final minutes of the game. Sakura Noguchi led Japan with 11 points whereas Yutong Liu had an impressive game with 20 points and 19 rebounds.



In a game that saw several lead changes, it was New Zealand that came out on top, 71-66, to book their second win in Group A.

The U16 Tall Ferns utilized their superior size to outrebound Chinese Taipei, 64-41, en route to the big win, which gives them second place in the Group entering the Quarter-Finals. Charlisse Trinity Leger-Walker had a huge role in New Zealand's victory as she dropped 30 points along with 12 rebounds and 6 assists.




Nnenna Emma-Nnopu shone again as Australia blasted Korea, 83-50, to sweep Group A in Bengaluru. Emma-Nnopu had 8 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Aussies, who won for the third straight day. Korea were paced by Na GeumBi's 23 points.


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