FIBA Asia Cup 2017: India show considerable improvement in close loss to Jordan
- 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).
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
|First Name (s)
|Date of Birth
|Place of Birth
|7||BUKANKERE KRISHNE GOWDA||Anil Kumar||31/07/1989||Mandya||Karnataka||186||72||G|
|22||GILL||Amjyot Singh||27/01/1992||Chandigarh||Punjab/ Haryana||203||105||F|
|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|
About Basketball Federation of India
The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at www.basketballfederationindia.org