India thump Fiji, enter SF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jul 2017 09:18:04


By Mukund Dhus,


AS WAS expected, India easily trounced Fiji 93-51 to enter semi-finals of the B Division of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Basketball Championship in progress at Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, on Thursday.

Shirin Limaye opened the account for India with a jump shot but Mili replied with a beautiful drive in to make it 2-2. Both teams matched each other till the 5th minute where the score read 8-8. Then captain Anitha scored 7 points in a row to make it 15-8. Under pressure Fiji were trailing 11-19 at the end of the first quarter. India increased the speed of the game in the second quarter and their opponents could not match them.

Anitha continued her shooting form and was helped by Shireen and Jeena Scaria who scored from the restricted area to keep the hosts on top at the half time 42-23.
After the change of ends, India coach introduced tall Poonam Chaturvedi and she used her height under the board to score three baskets. As the match was getting one-sided, the winners used their bench and all of them responded chipping valuable baskets.

India will meet Lebanon in Friday’s semis while Kazhakstan will take on Uzbekistan in other semis. Uzbekistan beat Singapore 84-79 and Lebanon defeated Sri Lanka 86-37 in other B Division quarter-finals.

In A Division, New Zealand’s dream of making it to last four and an entry into the World Cup was shattered when they went down fighting to Korea 49-64. New Zealand started well taking an early lead 20-11 midway in the second quarter but Koreans fought back and equalled in the 7th minute and went on to lead 34-20 at the breather.

Lim Yung, Park Jisu and Kwak Joo scored 19 of the 26 points scored by the team while New Zealand could score only 6. Captain Cocks Micaela and Harmon Jilian did succeed in reducing the margin in the third quarter but the attacking trio of Park, Lim and Kang took Korea home. They meet mighty Australia, who beat DPR Korea 81-48, in Friday’s semis.

Holders Japan overcome fighting Chinese Taipei 73-57 and China thrashed Philippines 117-43 to book their places in other semis.

Scores: India 93 (Anitha Paul Dural 19, Grima Varghese 15, Rajpriyadarshini 10) bt Fiji 51 (Mili Koyamainavure 23) {19-11, 23-12, 25-16, 26-12}.