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Winless India to face Indonesia in bid to stay on in Level 1
Japan had no trouble against India in the FIBA Asia U18 Championship. Image credit- FIBA.
New Delhi/Bengaluru, 17th November, 2016: The Indian U18 women's team has ended its group stages with a loss to Japan, 93-26*, at the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women in Bangkok, Thailand.
The side will now face Indonesia, the top team from lower Level II, in a bid to stay on in upper Level 1 in the next edition of this championship. Tomorrow being a rest day, this final relegation/promotion game will be played on 19th November at 8:30 am.
All matches are being streamed live on FIBA’s YouTube channel.
*NOTE: Due to a technical glitch on the tournament website (http://www.fiba.com/asia/u18women/2016), the game boxscores are not currently available.
India’s Upcoming Schedule [Timings in IST]
All games are being streamed live on FIBA’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCtInrnU3QbWqFGsdKT1GZtg
Rest Day – 18th November
Relegation/Promotion Match – 19th November vs Indonesia @ 8:30 am
For more details see: http://www.fiba.com/asia/u18women/2016/fullschedule
About the 23rd FIBA U18 Asia Championship 2016
The 23rd FIBA U18 Asia Championship 2016 is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from the 13th to the 20th of November.
The top 3 teams will represent Asia at the 2017 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship in Cairo, Egypt.
The 12-team event has been split into two levels: upper Level 1 (or Group A) and lower level 2 (Group B):
Level 1 (Group A) Teams: China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, India and hosts Thailand
Level 2 (Group B) Teams: Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Indonesia
This is a league cum knockout format. The group phase of the tournament will be played in a round-robin format, with each team playing every other team in their group. The top four teams from Group A progress to the semifinals, while the bottom two Group A teams will play relegation matches with the top two teams from Group B.
For more information: http://www.fiba.com/asia/u18women/2016/competition-system
The FIBA U18 Asia Championship was first instituted in 1970 and the inaugural edition of the tournament took place in Seoul, South Korea. Coming into this 23rd edition, China and Japan are the three time defending champions and first runners up respectively.
India’s Past Record
Prior to the upcoming 23rd edition, India has participated in the tournament 13 times and has also hosted it once (New Delhi, 2000). India’s best performance at the event came in 1980 when it was placed 4th.
Thereafter the side went into a bit of a lull, getting relegated to lower Level 2 by the end of the 2008 edition. In 2012, the team climbed back into upper Level 1 where it has continued to compete till date.
India will be looking improve upon its 6th place finish in the last edition of the championship (in 2014).
The team is being captained by the talented Bhandavya HM (who had already debuted on the senior team last year) and coached by the seasoned Shiba Maggon, a former India Women’s Captain.
Indian Squad for the 23rd FIBA U18 Women’s Championship 2016
Jersey No Family Name(s)
Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy) Place of Birth Height (cm)(ft and inches) Weight (Kg) Position City State 07 Prabhakara Priyanka 03/10/1998 Nemmara Kerala 177 (5’ 9’’) 54 SG 10 Verma Riya 08/01/1998 Bhilai Chhattisgarh 162 (5’ 3’’) 54 SG 14 Masilamani Nishanti 14/10/1999 Chennai Tamil Nadu 168 (5’ 6’’) 50 PG 15 Sandhu Aakarshan 02/03/1999 Chandigarh Chandigarh 183 (6’) 78 C 20 Pandey Sakshi 30/04/1998 Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh 175 (5’ 8’’) 51 SG 23 Menezes Carina Clarence 27/11/1998 Thane Mumbai 175 (5’ 8’’) 58 SF 27 Hemmige Mahesha Bhandavya 18/04/1998 Mandya Karnataka 166 (5’ 5’’) 56 SG 29 Chakravortty Sushantika 24/08/2000 Delhi Delhi 180 (5’ 10’’) 72 PF 54 George Nimmi 01/04/1998 Chalakudy Kerala 183 (6’) 60 C 75 Illath Parappali Anusha 14/03/1998 Kozhikode Kerala 173 (5’ 8’’) 53 SF 86 Ali Gulabsha 15/02/2000 Bhilai Chhattisgarh 165 (5’ 4’’) 64 PG 99 Suren Srishti 30/04/2000 Chennai Tamil Nadu 180 (5’ 10’’) 59 PF
*PG - Point Guard / Feeder, G - Guard, F - Forward, G/F - Wing, PF - Power Forward, C - Centre, PF/C - Post
13) Team Manager: Mr. Jugraj Singh Baidwan
14) Physio: Dr. Prachi Bipin Shah
15) Head Coach: Ms. Shiba Maggon
16) Assistant Coach: Mr. Kalva Rajeshaver Rao
17) Referee Supervisor: Mr. Naresh Chander Aneja
18) Referee: Ms. Snehal Vidyadhar Bendke
19) Referee: Mr. Amarjot Singh Mavi