India prevail over Iran

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Oct 2018 12:36:07


By Mukund Dhus,


STRUGGLING India prevailed over Iran 73-65 in a B Division match of the 24th FIBA Asia Under-18 Women’s Basketball Championship that got under way at Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru, on Sunday.

India, playing without injured captain Pushpa, started well with local girl Harshita scoring first four points. Then, Ishwarya and Anumaria combined well to repeatedly penetrate the opponent’s defence to give a comfortable lead to the hosts. India, though leading, missed many easy under baskets to give confidence to their opponents, who came back strongly in the second quarter to equal the score at 33 in the last minute before the breather.

A time out by hosts at this juncture not only halted opponents flurry of baskets but the “pressure man-to-man” marking forced 3 turnovers resulting into seven quick points.

After change of ends, spirited Iran girls fought hard and were always at a striking distance. They never allowed the winners to run away with the lead. But their efforts were short-lived as Harshita and Sreekala scored vital baskets to take the hosts home. Indian players were not able to settle as too many substitutions were effected at quick successions. India, though, won the match, Iran girls, playing in hijab (headscarves), won the hearts of the crowd. India will play Guam on Monday.

India 73 (Sreekala Rani 17, Harshitha Bopaiah 15, Ishwarya Janardhanan 13 , Anumaria 11) bt Iran 65 (Fatemeh Ghazvini 22, Negin Khameneh 15) {23-13, 17-22, 16-12, 17-18}.
In A Division matches, Korea overcame Chinese Taipei 64-56 while New Zealand, trailing 29-41 at the breather, came back strongly to narrow the gap 50-52 against Japan at the end of third quarter, but finally lost 25-12 in the last quarter.