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05-18-2013, 10:13 AM
02/06/2013 India 109 Nepal 26
03/06/2013 Afghanistan 78 Nepal 20
04/06/2013 India 64 Afghanistan 46

05-24-2013, 07:29 AM
Curious if they are able to show up in India. Only one spot is open from that zone, so this is a very tough nut to crack for AFG.

05-29-2013, 02:43 PM
I'm curious to see if Eric Obeysekere will finally make the Sri Lanka NT this year.

06-01-2013, 08:52 PM
BFI to host SABA Qualifying Round in Delhi

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will host the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifying round for men at the Thyagraj Indoor Stadium here June 2-4.

SABA includes eight national federations - India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Pakistan, and Bhutan. This qualifying round will witness India, Nepal and Afghanistan vying for a place at the FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Manila Aug 1-11.

The Indian squad: Loveneet Singh, Ranbir Singh Virdi, Vinay Kaushik, Basil Philip, Sambhaji P. Kadam, Joginder Singh, Narender Kumar Grewal, Rikin Pethani, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Yadwinder Singh, Amritpal Singh, Amjyot Singh.

The squad is coached by Scott Flemming, with Jora Singh and G.R.L. Prasad assisting him.

India will take on Nepal in the first match Sunday while the latter plays Afghanistan Monday. India will face Afghanistan in the final match Tuesday.

06-03-2013, 01:04 AM
India beat Nepal 109-26:

06-04-2013, 06:51 AM
Afghanistan routs Nepal

Afghanistan toyed with Nepal, en route to a 78-20 victory, in a league match of the South Asia basketball qualifying tournament here on Monday. Afghanistan will play India in the final league encounter on Tuesday, the winner making it to the 27th FIBA Asia basketball championship to be held in Manila in August.

The Afghan players gave a good account of themselves, as the Indian team, along with coach Scott Flemming, watched from the stands. The crowd was sparse but the Nepalese looked nervous even when they faced the basket unchallenged. Faced with a team that lacked the basics, Afghanistan accelerated after leading 36-11 at half-time. It was indeed a good warm-up for Afghanistan before the tougher challenge against India.

The result: Afghanistan 78 (Yama Kader 15, Qais Haider 12, Masseh Tahiry 12) bt Nepal 20.

06-04-2013, 10:03 AM
Good summary of the game between Afghanistan and Nepal:

Nepal took on Afghanistan earlier this evening in a must win encounter as part of the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifiers. Only three SABA teams have registered in this tournament, where the winner qualifies to the FIBA Asia Basketball Championships (popularly known as ‘ABC’) to be held in Manila later in August. Nepal had already been soundly thrashed by India in their first game, so they had to pull off an improbable win against a formidable Afghanistan squad to stay alive in this tournament.

As it turned out, Afghanistan could care less about Nepal’s problems and seemed eager to inflict wounds of their own. Nepal struggled with a lack of bigs in their earlier match against India. This game was no different. Afghanistan enjoyed the services of taller, stronger and more skilled players in the front court. This match had a noticeably slower pace than the Nepal-India game. In the end, Afghanistan still won by a huge 58 point margin. Final scores read 78-20.

Thumbs Down

Nepal stopped fighting. One trait that had endeared Nepal to all those watching their inaugural match against India was that they kept fighting right till the final buzzer. In this game, however, they visibly lost steam in the second half. Maybe back to back games on consecutive days against stronger and more physical opponents took a toll on the players. In the second half, they missed easy open layups and air balled multiple field goal attempts.

He said she said

“We played well today. This was a good opportunity for our players to get into rhythm.”

Mohammad Rafique, Head Coach, Afghanistan

Momentum Shift

This was the second match in a row where one side dominated from beginning to end. Nepal even went scoreless in the entire second quarter. Quarter wise break up was all in favour of Afghanistan: 20-11; 36-11; 60-16; 78-20.

Relive the exciting moments of the game with our blow by blow commentary here.

Predictions on the upcoming India-Afghanistan match

“Tomorrow’s game is going to be different. India has more size than us, but as far as skill level is concerned the two teams are on par. We expect it to be a competitive game. Both teams have been working hard. It comes down to whichever team is playing better tomorrow.”

Mohammad Rafique, Head Coach, Afghanistan

From what we could see today, Afghanistan seemed to play within themselves to conserve energy for their game against India. Although they won against Nepal with ease, their outside shooting leaves quite a bit to be desired. They also need to increase their efficiency in transition. Our prediction is that India will win by a 10-15 point margin and qualify from the SABA region for the FIBA Asia Championships.

India v. Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 6:00 PM onwards. Venue: Tyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi (near INA Metro station). Entry is FREE.


06-05-2013, 12:49 PM
IND - India book ticket to Manila as Draw date looms large on the fray

NEW DELHI, India (27th FIBA Asia Championship): India became the 14th team to book their place for the 27th FIBA Asia Championship exactly 48 hours before the draw for the Preliminary Round is set to take place for the biggest event in FIBA Asia calendar at the host city of Manila (Philippines).

India scored the first 7 points of the needle game in the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) qualifying round against Afghanistan and only grew in strength and confidence as the game progressed to post a surprisingly facile 64-46 victory at the Tyagraj Stadium on Tuesday to book their ticket to Manila.

Youngsters Joginder Singh and Amjyot Singh led the Indian barrage with 13 points each with seasoned campaigner Vishesh Bhriguvanshi adding 10 points.

Nafi Mashriqi was the most conspicuous Afghan on court and had a game-high 15 points.

“Well, we have qualified. That was the first target,” said India coach Scott Flemming at the helm of affairs for the team for the first in an international competition.

“We certainly can get a lot better, but this is a start,” the American said adding that rebounding was a key area of concern for the team.

“We are way off the mark as far as our defensive rebounding concerned. But I’m glad the defense is coming together,” he said.

“This was our first international competition in more than eight months,” Bhriguvanshi said.

“We lost to a better team. There’s no doubt in that,” reflected Afghanistan coach Mamo Rafiq after leading the team in their first ever international competition.

India had beaten Nepal 109-26 and Afghanistan had carried a 78-20 win over Nepal on the first two days of the competition.

India will join 13 more teams from various FIBA Asia Sub Zones in the pot for the draw which is scheduled for 1330 Hrs Manila time on Thursday. Two more teams from South East Asia will join the fray at the end of the 10th SEABA Championship to be played in Medan (Indonesia) from Jun 20-23.

The teams qualified so far

Hosts: Philippines. East Asia: China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea. South Asia: India. Central Asia: Kazakhstan. Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar. West: Iran, Jordan, Lebanon.


06-09-2013, 07:23 PM
Anyone find official statistics/boxscores?