Bengaluru, 27th October 2017: The semifinals are over at the FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship and Team India will face Malaysia in the finals of Division B to get back into the Division A. In Division A, Japan will face Australia. India defeated Kazakhstan in the semifinals to reach the finals.
India beat Kazakhstan 77-40
In the last game of the day, we witnessed another dominant performance from team India beating Kazakhstan 77-40 in the semifinals. It was a slow start for India in the first quarter as compared to their previous game but they covered for it in the second quarter by outscoring Kazakhstan 27-9. India continued their lead towards the end of the third quarter as well, after which Head Coach Zoran Visic brought the bench players in to finish the game.
Once again India’s star forward Vaishnavi Yadav filled the score sheet with some incredible stats recording 21 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steels. India had 4 players scoring in double digits, guard Neha Karwa added to the excitement with her dynamic style of play with 11 points from her. Centre Pushpa Senthil Kumar had a double-double of her own with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Captain Sanjana Ramesh led the teams’ defense with 5 blocks and 9 rebounds.
Malaysia beat Iran 85-68
Classification Game (6-7)
Nepal beat Maldives 72-32
Australia beat China 86-46
Japan beat New Zealand 97-65
Korea beat Hong Kong 109-63
Chinese Taipei beat Thailand 97-65
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, 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