India's Asia Cup Performance Shows Promise

By Rohit Ghosh
India National Basketball Team Asia Cup
Photo courtesy of Basketball Federation of India Facebook

Following India’s historic win over China in the 5th FIBA Asia Cup, coach Scott Flemming – who is formerly of the NBA’s D-League – explicitly stated that the win “a significant milestone for the national team”.

“This a significant milestone for the Indian national team and for the country. I am grateful to those that have come before me and we will do our best to build for the future,” Flemming said.

“This victory over China shows that we are no longer just a team with potential but we can compete and win against the best teams in Asia. I am very proud of the strides our players have made,” he added.

Not only was the 65-58 victory over China a “milestone,” so were India’s recent performances at SABA and the Lusofonia Games at the beginning of 2014.  Even more critical than the individual victory, however, was the fact that India was competitive in all their games during the FIBA Asia Cup.

Amjyot Singh (14.7 points per game), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (10.6 points per game) and Amrit Pal Singh (10.3 points per page) led the way for India on offense during this year’s FIBA tournament.

Fittingly, the captain of the team – Vishesh Bhriguvanshi – was the main assist man with 4.1 per game.

Captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi led the competition with an average of 4.1 assists per game.

“The FIBA Asia Cup is one of the biggest international challenges in the calendar for India’s senior side,” said Roopam Harish Sharma, the CEO of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI). “We are happy to see the team perform at their best on the international stage and know that this result is just one of many more to come.”

India’s next challenge will be at the 27th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4.

Rohit Ghosh is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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