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Maiden NBA game to played in India in October

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New Delhi: NBA India has announced that the country will have its first-ever National Basketball Association match, which will be played in front of 3,000 boys and girls under the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program.

The NBA India Games 2019 will feature Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers playing two pre-season games on October 4 and 5 in Mumbai.sports news headlines

The match on October 5 will be open to fans who have purchased the tickets via BookMyShow.

NBA will also invite 3,000 boys and girls to attend the matches.sports news headlines

“We are proud to provide young Indian boys and girls under the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program with the opportunity to experience the first-ever NBA game in India,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum.

“We share Reliance Foundation’s belief in the transformative power of sport and its ability to capture a child’s imagination, and these historic events will inspire youth across the country for years to come.”

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Indian boys make merry in Jr. NBA Global Championship

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Indian girls up against Latin American team

Orlando: The Indian boys’ team registered a 73-67 triumph against Latin America, however, the Indian girls lost 21-54 as the second Jr. NBA Global Championship tipped off at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Tuesday. latest sports news headlines Sports update

Going up against the boys from Latin America, it was a tough battle and it did require an overtime period but the Indian lads eventually came out on top. By outscoring their counterparts 14-8 in the extra four minutes, the boys clinched a 73-67 win. latest sports news headlines Sports update

Harsh Dagar finished with an all-round stat line with 7 steals, 6 rebounds and 3 assists to go along with his 26 points. On the other hand, Lokendra Singh ensured his 28 points were efficient, making nine of his 16 shot attempts, while also recording 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.

Apart from the high-scoring guard duo, other key contributors in the win were Kushal Singh (11 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals) and Janmejay Singh (9 rebounds, 3 points, and 3 blocks).

The Singh trio of Kushal, Janmejay, and Lokendra played all 36 minutes of the game (four eight-minute quarters and a four-minute overtime period). latest sports news headlines Sports update

The boys shot marginally better than their opponents (42.6% > 39.0%). The biggest difference between both teams were the turnovers recorded by the Latin America squad.

The Indian boys registered 16 steals, in comparison to six by their opponents, which played a huge role in the Latin America squad recording 22 turnovers to India’s 12. latest sports news headlines Sports update

For the girls, Muskan Singh top-scored with 13 points and Manmeet Kaur pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds but they came up short against the team from Latin America, losing 21-54.

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Vaishnavi earns call-up from Pensacola State basketball team

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New Delhi: Allahabad girl Vaishnavi Yadav has been signed by the Pensacola State women’s basketball team. The 5’7″ guard attends St. Anthony Convent and has represented India in the FIBA Asia U-18 3×3 Championship, FIBA Asia U-16 Championship and the FIBA U-16 Asia Cup. She is the leader in the most points scored section with 71 points and was the MVP Award winner at the first-ever NBA Academy India as well as the MVP of the U-18 State Nationals.

Yadav credits the NBA Academy for motivating her to believe in herself and providing her the opportunity to learn from legendary and highly experienced coaches. The NBA Academies Women’s Program is a series of basketball development camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S. at the league’s academies.

Head coach Penny Belford lavished praise on Vaishnavi, saying: “We are very excited to have Vaishnavi join the Lady Pirate family. She will bring a wealth of playing experience and excitement for the upcoming season.”

Vaishnavi Yadav said, “I am very excited to have the tremendous opportunity to attend Pensacola State University. I would like to thank India Basketball, NBA Academy Women’s Program, and Coach Blair Hardiek for making this possible. I hope to take India to the next level by learning all I can about the game and then sharing the knowledge with other basketball players from my country. I hope I can inspire others from India to work hard and go for their dreams.”

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NBA picks 20 Indian kids for Junior Global Championship

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Muskaan Singh of Patna with her ticket to Orlando (Florida) to compete in the Junior NBA Global Championship.

Selected players to compete in second edition of Jr. NBA Global Championship from August 6-11 in USA

New Delhi: The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the 10 boys and 10 girls who will represent India in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world that will be held August 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.

The 20 youth players were chosen following a two-day selection camp at the NBA Academy India in Delhi NCR. The camp featured forty 13 and 14-year-olds from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Skills Challenges, City Competitions and National Finals.

L-R: Selected kids for the Junior NBA Global Championships—Irin Elsa John, Bhumika Sarje, Riccha Ravi and Dev Premi—in Mumbai.

In the inaugural event last year, Sunishka Kartik from the India girls team won the Community Award while Bhavik Garg won the Tip-Off Ceremony Dance Contest.  Sachin Yadav and Moumita Mishra will both return for their second appearance in the annual youth basketball tournament.

The Jr. NBA Global Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-elimination competition.  The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the global championship games on Aug. 11. During the weeklong event, all 32 teams will participate in activities designed to reinforce the Jr. NBA’s core values and provide the players with development opportunities and memorable experiences off the court, including life skills sessions, Disney park visits and a community service project.

India Boys Team India Girls Team
Sachin Yadav – Delhi Riccha Ravi – Mumbai
Dev Premi – Mumbai Moumita Mishra – Bengaluru
Arnav Gupta – Bengaluru Jeevika Kumar – Chennai
Pranav Varma – Hyderabad Manmeet Kaur – Punjab
Karan Pashi – Kolkata Irin Elsa John – Kerala
Janmejay Singh – Chandigarh Osheen Singh – Jabalpur
Md. Kaif – Varanasi Bhumika Sarje – Pune
Harsh Dagar – Delhi NCR Dhara Phate – Nagpur
Lokendra – Delhi NCR Shomira Bidaye – Nagpur

 

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