Tag: SABA U-16 Championship

India crowned 2nd SABA U16 Zone Champions

Bengaluru/Kathmandu, 9th September 2017: The Indian U16 men’s team has beaten Bhutan 131-50 and is now the SABA U16 Zone Champion. The Championship was held at the Dashrath Rangshala Stadium, Kathmandu.

In India’s last game, guard Binod Rajak and Centre Princepal Singh (who is the highest scorer in the Championship) chipped in with 20 points each. Overall, seven Indian players scored in double digits.

For his consistent showing, Princepal was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Championship

Team India was a dominant force throughout the Championship, as they scored more than 100 points on three different occasions and limited their opponents to 50 or lesser points on multiple occasions. The stats speak for itself as India now cruise into the FIBA U16 Asian Championship with ease, which will be held in Malaysia later this year.

India (Princepal SIngh 20 pts, Binod Rajak 20 pts, Prashant Tomar 16 pts) bt Bhutan 131-50 [40-7, 20-21, 41-10, 30-12]

India one win away from being crowned SABA U16 Zone Champs

Bengaluru/Kathmandu, 8th September 2017: The Indian U16 men’s team has beaten Nepal 106-39 on the third day of the 2nd SABA U16 Zone Championship being held at the Dashrath Rangshala Stadium, Kathmandu. Centre Princepal Singh from India continued his extraordinary form leading all scorers with 45 points and single-handedly dominating over the Nepal team. Overall, three Indian players scored in double digits.

Team India showcased a strong performance on both the ends of the floor not allowing any more than three Nepal players to score. India had a double digit lead over Nepal from the beginning of the game and finished even stronger.

Moving ahead, the 3-0 India are the strongest contenders for the championship, as they take on Bhutan on 9th September at 11:00 am (10:45 IST) in their final game.

If India wins tomorrow, it qualifies to the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship that will be held in Malaysia later this year.

India (Princepal SIngh 45 pts, Priyanshu 12 pts, Jerome Prince 10 pts) bt Nepal (Abhisekh Singh 20 pts) 106-39 [26-12, 24-7, 32-12, 24-8]

India continues winning streak on second day of 2nd SABA U16 Zone Championship

Bengaluru/Kathmandu, 6th September 2017: The Indian U16 men’s team has beaten Bangladesh 83-64 on the second day of the 2nd SABA U16 Zone Championship being held at the Dashrath Rangshala Stadium, Kathmandu. Forward Priyanshu from India led all scorers with 32 points while India’s topscorer in the previous game, centre Princepal Singh maintained his form and dropped 13 points. Overall, four Indian players scored in double digits.

Bangladesh tried to make a comeback in the second quarter by outscoring India 18-16 but India enjoyed a dominant third quarter to ensure it ended on the winning side.

Moving ahead, India are the strongest contenders for the championship, as they take on Nepal again on 8th September at 13:30 (13:15 IST).

India (Priyanshu 32pts, Binod Rajak 14 pts, Princepal Singh 13 pts) bt Bangladesh 83-64 [26-13, 16-18, 16-9, 25-24]

India Dominates on Day 1 of the 2nd SABA U16 Zone Championship

Bengaluru, 5th September 2017: The Indian U16 men’s team won 152-17 against Maldives on the first day of the 2nd SABA U16 Zone Championship being held in Dashrath Rangshala Stadium, Kathmandu. Centre Princepal Singh from India led all scorers with 31 points while Captain Harshvardhan Tomar chipped in with 24. Overall, six Indian players scored in double digits. For Maldives, captain Md. Hashim contributed 4 points in the loss.

India made a strong opening statement by outclassing Maldives through all the four quarters of the game, both on offense as well as defense. The Indian team didn’t allow the Maldives boys to score in double digits in any single period. Moving ahead, India will be the overwhelming favourites as it takes on Bangladesh tomorrow at 13:00 (12:45 IST).

India (Princepal Singh 31 pts, Harshwardhan Tomar 24 pts, Binod Rajak 20 pts) bt Maldives (Md. Hashim 4 pts, Shamikh Shameen 4 pts) 152-17 [26-7, 41-2, 49-2, 36-6]

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