FIBA Asia U-18: India, Kazakhstan battle for Division B title

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A Hong Kong player attempts to dribble past an Indian player in the semifinals on Saturday. PC: FIBA Asia

Bengaluru, November 2:  India girls squad outplayed Hong Kong 83-38 while Kazakhstan defeated Syria 76-56 in the semifinals of 2018 FIBA Asia Women’s (U-18) basketball championships Division B at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.

In the final, India will take on Kazakhstan in a battle to gain promotion to the A Division.

Local girl Harshitha Bopaiah was the star of the show to the delight of the crowd. She sunk 189 baskets and plucked 16 rebounds to virtually decimate Hong Kong single-handedly.

She was very well supported by Srishti Suren and Pushpa Senthilkumar who also scored in double figures as Hong Kong were totally outplayed by India.

Meanwhile, Iran beat Singapore 63-51 to take the fifth spot while Samoa had defeated Guam in the fight for the seventh and eighth slots.

Division A: China test for Japan

It’s defending champions China vs runners-up Japan all over again in 2018. It’s been a fairytale rivalry in the Asia U-18 circuit with both nations contesting the last five finals in a row with China emerging on top.

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Japan produced power-packed display to conquer Australia 90-77 while China comfortably overcame Korea Republic 69-51 in the two semifinals at the Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Friday.

Kiwis take fifth spot

New Zealand outclassed Chinese Taipei 75-47 to take the fifth spot. Chinese Taipei thus ended sixth. Indonesia placed seventh after defeating Malaysia, who ended last of eight nations and will be demoted to Division B for the next edition in 2020.

Kazakhstan defeated Syria 76-56 in the first semifinal of Division B at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium. Iran beat Singapore 63-51 to take the fifth spot. Samoa had beaten Guam in the fight for the seventh and eighth slots.

Results: Division A (semifinals): Korea Republic 51 (Jihyun Park 20, Sohee Lee 14, Inah Park 10) lost to China 69 (Mingling Chen 19, Ziting Tang 13) (13-24, 12-15, 16-13, 10-17).

Japan 90 (Nanako Todo 21, Ririka Okuyama 17, Chinatsu Omeki 12, Norika Kono 11) beat Australia 77 (Miela Goodchild 26, Isabel Leigh Palmer 9) (21-12, 17-27, 30-12, 22-28).

5th and 6th place playoff: New Zealand 75 (Charlisse Leger-Walker 18) beat Chinese Taipei 47 (Yu-Chieh Chen 16) (14-9, 23-12, 19-18, 19-8).

Division B (semifinals): Syria 56 (Noura Bshara 23) lost to Kazakhstan 76 (Inna Kulikova 19) (18-17, 16-20, 6-18, 16-21).

5th and 6th place playoff: Iran 63 (FA Ghazvini 29 beat Singapore 51 (Esther Lim 14) (13-18, 14-16, 17-10, 19-7).

Fixtures (Sree Kanteerava Stadium): Division A

Final: China vs Japan – 19:00

3rd Place playoff: Korea Republic vs Australia – 14:15.

Division B (final): India vs Kazakhstan – 16:45

At Koramangala Indoor Stadium: 3rd place playoff:

Hong Kong vs Syria 15:00

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