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1st Kashmir Basketball Tournament under Floodlights
The Kashmir Basketball scene lit up, literally and figuratively, with the successful conclusion of the region's first floodlit tournament.
The first season of the '3x3 Men's Basketball League (MBL)' was held in Srinagar between 9th to 11th July.
Kashmir Basketball Lights Up
As per the organizers, MBL is the first-ever Kashmir basketball tournament to be played under floodlights.
"There is no other stadium where there are floodlights in Kashmir. [Even here] the floodlights were installed recently," Mujtaba Manzoor, one of the organizers told Ekalavyas.
The difficulties of organizing a basketball tournament in a conflict-ridden region like Kashmir can perhaps be gauged by this hilarious meme:
Held at the Gindun Stadium in Rajbagh, Srinagar, 10 teams participated, with catchy names like Team Kobe, Team Blackbears, Team Hawks and Team Real Gs. The teams were divided into Pools of five teams each. The top four teams from each Poo proceeded to the quarterfinals stage.
Eventually, it was Team Swish that prevailed, with Team Kobe as runners up. Team Swish's Labeeb Bhat was named MVP. The winning team received a cash prize of Rs 5000/- while the runners up team and the MVP were awarded Rs 2500/- each.
MVP Labeeb Bhat in action under floodlights. Image credits: MBL.
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