Indian men’s 3×3 basketball team starts strong at Asian Games


It was a bittersweet day for Indian basketball at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Monday as the men’s team won their Group-C clash against Malaysia, while the women’s team went down to Uzbekistan in their Group-A game.
Taking on the favored Uzbeks in the 3×3 basketball match, the Indian women competed hard but eventually came out on the losing side. The final scoreline read 14-19 in favor of the Uzbeks.
India entered the clash with Uzbekistan with Vaishnavi Yadav, Siya Deodhar, Anumaria Shaju, and Yashneet Kaur. The Indians had a total of 40 possessions, while the Uzbek team fared slightly better with 45. In their next match, the women’s team will face China on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the men’s team defeated Malaysia 16-20 in their first 3×3 game of Pool C. Sahaij Pratap Singh, Princepal Singh, Pranav Prince, and Lokendra Singh started for the Indians. The Indians dominated the game from the beginning, with a possession count of 43, while their opponents lagged behind with only 34 possessions.
On Wednesday, the men’s team will play their second match of Pool C against Macau-China. The 3×3 basketball event started on Monday and will conclude on October 1.
The Indian men’s basketball 3×3 team includes Sejin Mathew, Amrendra Nayak, Kanwar Gurbaz Singh Sandhu, and Lokendra Singh, while the Indian women’s basketball 3×3 team comprises Anumaria Chenganamattathil Shaju, Siya Deodhar, Kavya Singla, and Vaishnavi Yadav.