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Indian basketball teams set to participate in Beijing leg of the 3x3 FIBA World Tour
Team Bangalore. From Left to Right Basil Philip, Rajesh Uppar, Siddhant Shinde and Jeevanantham Pandi.
New Delhi/Bengaluru (14 August 2015): Two teams from India are set to participate in the Beijing Masters leg of the 3x3 FIBA World Tour 2015 that will be held on 15th-16th August in China. Fresh off their recent South Asian 3x3 qualifiers win in Colombo, the Indian senior men’s team, termed as team “Bangalore” and comprising Rajesh Uppar, Siddhant Shinde, Jeevanantham Pandi and Basil Philip, few out to Beijing last night.
A second team, of youngsters Kushmeet Atwal, Arshpreet Bhullar, Arshdeep Dhillon and Rajveer Singh (all from Punjab’s Ludhiana Basketball Academy), has also qualified for the event (as team “Chandigarh”) after winning a national 3x3 event organised by the National Basketball Association in India (called NBA “Jam”) in December 2014.
Team Chandigarh. From Left to Right: Arshdeep Dhillon, Kushmeet Atwal, Rajveer Singh and Arshpreet Bhullar
The Bangalore team is seeded 9th and placed in Pool A with Novisad Alwahda (UAE) and Zheng Zhou (China). The Chandigarh team is seeded 12th and placed in Pool D with Tokyo (Japan) and Wukesong (China). The event is expected to be streamed live on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube channel.
About Beijing Masters
The third stage of the 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour will be held in Beijing, China on 15-16 August 2015. The twelve best teams from the qualifiers held in the Beijing catchment area compete for two days for the pride to represent their city, a USD 10,000 cheque and a chance (for the two finalists) to qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October 2015.
The 12 teams are divided into four pools of three teams playing in a round-robin first round against their two respective pool opponents. The top-two placed teams from each pool advance to a standard knock-out round which starts at the quarter-finals stage. The two best teams qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, which will be staged in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October 2015. Apart from this main event, a dunk contest and a three-point shootout contest will also be held. Read more: http://www.fiba.com/3x3wt/2015/beijing/competition-format
INDIAN TEAMS FOR THE FIBA 3x3 World Tour-Beijing Masters
SL NO. NAME POSITION* JERSEY NO. DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH 1. Basil Philip SG/SF 12 10/01/1991 Sulthanbathery, Kerala 2. Rajesh Uppar PG 4 20/01/1991 Dharwad, Karnataka 3. Siddhant Shinde PG/SG 9 15/06/1991 Pune, Maharashtra 4. Jeevanantham Pandi PF/C 10 13/10/1994 Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
*C= Centre, PF= Power Forward, SF= Small Forward, SG= Shooting Guard, PG= Point Guard
SL NO. NAME DATE OF BIRTH 1. Kushmeet Atwal 24/04/1995 2. Arshpreet Bhullar 01/10/1996 3. Arshdeep Dhillon 02/12/1995 4. Rajveer Singh 24/10/1995
Schedule for India’s league games
17:10 local time (14:40 IST): Chandigarh vs Tokyo (Pool D)
17:30 local time (15:00 IST): Bangalore vs Zheng Zhou (Pool A)
19:00 local time (16:30 IST): Bangalore vs Novisad Alwahda (Pool A)
20:30 local time (18:00 IST): Chandigarh vs Wukesong (Pool D)
About the FIBA 3x3 World Tour
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour is the pinnacle event of an 'open' network of FIBA-endorsed 3x3 tournaments. Any group of four players - regardless of their nationality and representing a city - can qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour by taking part in a lower level/regional tournament, eventually making their way to the world stage.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour was first launched in 2012. The former winners are San Juan (PUR, 2012), Brezovica (SLO, 2013) and Novi Sad (SRB, 2014).
It consists of six Masters tournaments, before culminating with the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final. The schedule of the 2015 edition is the following:
Manila Masters, Philippines - 1-2 August
Prague Masters, Czech Republic - 8-9 August
Beijing Masters, China - 15-16 August
Lausanne Masters, Switzerland - 28-29 August
Mexico DF Masters, Mexico - 9-10 September
Rio de Janeiro Masters, Brazil - 26-27 September
3x3 World Tour Final, Abu Dhabi, UAE -15-16 October
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour events are true urban culture festivals, organised in the heart of the cities against the most iconic landmarks and feature non-stop music and MCs calling the games, professional dunkers, breakdancers and other street artists. They are in line with FIBA's "3x3 for everyone philosophy" as spectators and passers-by are invited to participate in 3x3 games and activities.
About 3x3 Basketball- Basic Rules
Four members per team. Three active players on court at all times, with one rolling substitute.
Played using only one half of a traditional basketball court.
Traditional three point shots from behind the arc will be awarded 2 points
Every shot inside the arc is awarded 1 point.
Every successful freethrow is awarded 1 point.
Match duration: 10 minutes (with stoppages for dead ball situations and freethrows)
The team which scores 21 points or more within the match duration, wins the game. If neither team is able to reach 21 points, then the team with the higher points after the conclusion of 10 minutes is declared the winner.
If the scores are tied, then an extra period of time is played. Here the first team to score 2 points in overtime wins the game.
Each offensive possession will be for 12 seconds only.
Following each successful field goal or made free throw, a player from the non-scoring team will resume the game by dribbling or passing the ball from inside the court directly underneath the basket (not from behind the end line) to a place on the court behind the arc.
If the defensive team steals or blocks the ball, it must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling).