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Asian Games 2023 Basketball: Indian women’s team record close win; men lose to China in opener

Karishmit KeswaniKarishmit Keswani

September 30 2023
Asian Games 2023
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The 3×3 Indian men’s team will face Iran in the Asian Games 2023 pre-quarters.

The 3×3 basketball clash between China and India at the Asian Games 2023 was a mesmerizing display of athleticism, determination, and sheer basketball brilliance. From the opening tip-off, it was evident that this game would be one for the ages, as both teams showcased their resolve to claim victory.

India kicked off the match on a high note, asserting their presence with the very first point on the board. This early lead sent shockwaves through the arena, setting the stage for an interesting contest. Despite accruing a few fouls along the way, India managed to maintain their slender advantage, leaving the score at 3-2 in their favor as the clock ticked away in the opening quarter.

However, China, ranked fifth in the world, quickly reminded everyone why they were considered one of the powerhouses of 3×3 basketball. With impeccable timing and a strategic use of offensive rebounds, they surged ahead, punctuating their performance with a perfectly executed two-pointer.

The first quarter concluded with China holding a 6-4 lead, a testament to their ability to adapt and seize opportunities when they presented themselves.

The game after the timeout witnessed a remarkable shift in momentum. Despite trailing by five points at one juncture, India mounted a stunning comeback, showcasing their unwavering determination and skill. They systematically chipped away at China’s lead, narrowing the deficit to a mere two points. The score at this juncture stood at 10-12 in China’s favor.

Then came an unforgettable turnaround. India, with their backs against the wall, conjured up a surge of brilliance, scoring seven consecutive points without allowing China to register a single one. In an astonishing twist of fate, India found themselves leading 13-12, threatening to pull off a colossal upset against the heavily favored Chinese team.

As the clock wound down into the final minute, the tension in the arena was palpable. India’s underdog status had suddenly transformed into a legitimate threat to China’s supremacy. However, the Chinese team displayed their experience and composure when it mattered most. With just over 40 seconds left, they knotted the score at 14-14, setting the stage for a thrilling finale.

In the closing moments, China’s championship pedigree shone through. They orchestrated a breathtaking final-minute surge, notching five pivotal points that sealed their hard-fought victory with a final score of 18-15. Despite their valiant efforts, India fell just short in their quest to upset the giants of 3×3 basketball.

In the wake of this electrifying contest, both teams left the court with their heads held high, knowing they had delivered an unforgettable spectacle for fans worldwide. China’s victory reaffirmed their status as a basketball powerhouse, while India’s spirited performance against a much higher-ranked opponent hinted at a promising future for the sport in the country.

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The 5×5 basketball matchup between Team India and Mongolia at the Asian Games 2023 was a saga of athletic prowess, mental resilience, and a dazzling display of basketball skill, with the final score standing at 68-62 in favor of India.

Both teams exhibited exceptional ball-handling skills, precise passing, and remarkable court vision. It was evident that this was not just a game; it was a battle of wills, a quest for glory, and a quest for supremacy on the grand stage of the Asian Games.

The defining moment of this thrilling encounter came during the fourth quarter when India, trailing by a narrow margin, showcased their championship mettle. Two remarkable three-pointers, executed with pinpoint accuracy, not only swayed the momentum but also solidified their claim to victory.

It was a testament to the relentless training, preparation, and unwavering determination of the Indian players. These shots were not just points on the scoreboard; they were the embodiment of the sports adage that champions are made in the crucible of pressure. However, credit must also be given to the Mongolian side, who displayed remarkable resilience throughout the game.

In the latter stages, they engineered a stunning comeback, seizing control of the contest momentarily. The crowd, including neutral spectators, found themselves cheering for the underdogs as Mongolia forged ahead.

What made this game truly special was its ability to showcase the finest aspects of basketball. It was not just about scoring points but also about strategy, teamwork, and individual brilliance. The precision passes, the perfectly timed steals, and the anticipation of every move on the court were a testament to the level of skill and dedication displayed by both teams.

Moreover, the battle on the boards, as players jostled for rebounds, and the frenetic pace of the game added to the spectacle. It was a chess match of sorts, with each team trying to outmaneuver the other, and the stakes could not have been higher, as this was the Asian Games – a pinnacle of sporting achievement in the region.

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