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India, Kazakhstan post big wins

Rakesh Rao



EASY PICKINGS: India's Trideep Rai brooks no resistance as he shoots with élan against Nepal. — Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

NEW DELHI: As expected, it turned out to be a day of mismatches in the FIBA-Middle Asia zone qualifying basketball championship with India and Kazakhstan indulging in some sustained target practice at the expense of Nepal and Bangladesh at the NDMC Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.

India pounded Nepal 131-50 before Kazakhstan toyed with Bangladesh 149-33. On Thursday, Uzbekistan plays Kazakhstan and India takes on Bangladesh.

After the withdrawal of Sri Lanka, there are five teams left in the fray. Following the round-robin league, three teams will go through to the Asian championship in Doha in September.

Nepal outthought

The host opened the proceedings against their Himalayan neighbour and brought it down with expected ease. The Indians not only towered over their rivals but also out-thought them to make it a hopelessly one-sided contest.

Playmaker H. Laldinsanga was the pick for the host. The diminutive Meghalaya player not only planned the offensive well but also repeatedly came up with some quick breakaway conversions to further frustrate the Nepalese team.

Talwinderjit Singh and skipper S. Sridhar took turns to shoot from the `paint' after making the most of the inability of the rival to mark them.

The duo also looked good in defence and collected several rebounds and then set things up for other teammates to contribute to the tally.

For Nepal, the only consolation was that it touched the 50-point mark. The huge difference in the shooting capabilities of the two teams was evident with Nepal missing several opportunities from under the basket. Rupak Gurang and Rabindra Maharjan were the main scorers.

For the record, the Indians led 29-2, 49-16 and 95-31 at the end of the first three quarters.

What followed was another slaughter of the innocents. Kazakhstan showed no mercy to Bangladesh and averaged around 35 points per quarter. The lanky Kazakhs took time to warm up but stepped up the pace in the last two quarters. It was clear that the Kazakhs were leaving nothing to chance in their preparations for the match against the Uzbeks on Thursday.

Ruslan Gilyazutdinov, the 20-year-old shooter, thrived and scored 34 points, one more than Bangladesh's eventual tally. Sixteen-year-old Anton Ponomarev and Roman Muravyov warmed up for the tougher matches ahead by contributing 26 points each.

The scores:

India 131 (Talwinderjit Singh 19, S. Sridhar 14, H. Laldinsanga 13, Trideep Rai 12, Jagdeep Singh 10) bt Nepal 50 (Rupak Gurang 10, Rabindra Maharjan 9).

Kazakhstan 149 (Ruslan Gilyazutdinov 34, Anton Ponomarev 26, Roman Muravyov 26, Andrey Shpeht 16, Alexander Derbush 15, Rustam Yargaliev 14) bt Bangladesh 33 (Mohammad Raseduzzaman 12, Arfanuddin Ahmed 11).

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