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Nepal to host 2nd SABA U-16 Championship for Men from tomorrow

Bengaluru, 4th September 2017: The Nepal Basketball Association is all set to host the 2nd SABA U-16 Zone Championship for Men from 5th to 9th September 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

India has been drawn in Pool – A alongside Nepal and Bhutan. Pool – B comprises Maldives, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The top two teams from each pool will progress to the knockout stages.

 

The winning team qualifies to the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship that will be held in Malaysia later this year.

 

India had not participated in the previous 2015 edition that was won by Bangladesh, yet will start off as favourites. (It is important to be recall that despite not participating in the previous SABA Championship, India had still competed in the 2015 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship as a replacement for a central Asian team that had withdrawn in the last minute.)

 

India’s preliminary round schedule is as follows:

 

  • 5th September 2017 – India v. Bhutan 13:00 pm (12:45 pm IST)
  • 7th September 2017 – Nepal v. India 13:00 pm (12:45 pm IST)

 

The semi-finals will be played on 8th September 2017: the winner of Pool A plays the runner-up of Pool B, and the winner of Pool B plays the runner-up of Pool A. The final will be played on 9th September 2017 at 13:00 pm (12:45 pm IST).

 

The team is coached by Vibhor Bhriguvanshi, elder brother of Indian senior national team star Vishesh Bhriguvanshi. His assistant coach is Babu Davis. The team will also be accompanied by manager Kulvinder Gill and referee Tanmoy Das.

 

INDIAN CONTINGENT

 

Jersey. No. Name Position DOB Place of Birth Representing State Height

(cms)

(ft & inches)

Weight

(Kgs)

4 Princepal Singh C 03/01/01 Ferozepur, Punjab Punjab 210 (6’ 10.6’’) 95
5 Binod RAJAK PG 02/04/01 Kolkata, West Bengal Punjab 171 (5’ 6’’) 61
6 Harshwardhan TOMAR F/C 01/02/01 Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh 199 (6’ 5’’) 91
7 Mani THAKUR PG 26/10/01 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh 173 (5’ 6’’) 63
8 Ajmer SINGH C 09/10/01 Delhi Chandigarh 188 (6’ 1’’) 70
9 Gaurav SHEORAN F 10/02/02 Hisar, Haryana Haryana 184 (6’) 73
10 Priyanshu F 18/03/02 Shabga, Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh 183 (6’) 68
11 Jerom PRINCE GEORGE PG 01/10/02 Saudi Arabia Kerala 174 (5’ 7’’) 64
12 Prashant TOMAR PG 05/03/01 Baraut, Uttar Pradesh Karnataka 176 (5’ 7’’) 64
13 Nitish BENIWAL PF 15/02/01 Delhi Delhi 190 (6’ 2’’) 85
14 Vigneshwar UPADHYAY PF 01/01/01 Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh Telangana 193 (6’ 3’’) 75
15 Rajveer Singh BHATI F 26/05/02 Bikaner, Rajasthan Rajasthan 184 (6’) 71

*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Post

 

Team Manager: Kulvinder Gill

Coach: Vibhor Bhriguvanshi

Assistant Coach: Babu Davis

Referee: Tanmoy Das

 

 

 

GROUPINGS & FIXTURES

 

Pool – A Pool – B
1. India 1. Maldives
2. Nepal 2. Bangladesh
3. Bhutan 3. Sri Lanka

 

5th Sept 2017 (Tuesday)

Game No. Match Game Time

(In local Nepal time)

1. India vs. Bhutan 13:00 PM
2. Maldives vs. Bangladesh 15:30 PM

 

6th Sept 2017 (Wednesday) (Formal Opening of the Championship)

Game No. Match Game Time
Opening Ceremony 13:00 PM
3. Bhutan vs. Nepal 13:00 PM
4. Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka 15:30 PM

 

7th Sept 2017 (Thursday)

Game No. Match Game Time
5. Nepal vs. India 13:00 PM
6. Sri Lanka vs. Maldives 15:30 PM

 

7th Sept 2017 (Friday) (Semifinals)

Game No. Match Game Time
7. Winner A vs. Runner B 13:00 PM
8. Winner vs. Runner A 15:30 PM

 

9th Sept 2017 (Saturday)

Game No. Match Game Time
9. Third Place Match 12:00 PM
10. Title Match 15:00 PM

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