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Basketball: India grab top spot, qualify for Asian Meet

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 July 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Bengaluru, July 5: Defending champions India turned in a brilliant second-half performance to outplay Sri Lanka 93-44 and win the fourth South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) tourment here on Sunday. India thus qualified for the 2015 Asian Championships to be held in Chi from September 23 to October 3. They are clubbed with defending Asian champions Iran, Japan and Malaysia.

Having won all their five matches, India topped the tourment ahead of Sri Lanka who had a win-loss record of 4-1, while Nepal finished third followed by Maldives, Bangladesh and a winless Bhutan.

India had relied all along on their much taller frontline, aggressive man-to-man defence, counter-attacking on the break and effective outside shooting to register 100-plus points in three of their earlier four matches. The fil game against Sri Lanka was no different. IANS

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