After the gap of 12 years, India has been able to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 28th FIBA Asia Championship for Men, undergoing in Changsha, China.
A strong performance by the Indian Basketball team in the entire event till now, has provided a lot of solace to the team, though India lost its last match to Philippines, 99-65. Indian victories in the tournament include 4 straight victories, including the highlight of this year's tournament - the historical victory (India's first-ever) against the Asian basketball giant Iran (17th FIBA rank).
Commenting on the achievement, the veteran forward Yadwinder Singh said, “We are ecstatic to have qualified and all the players have put in a lot of effort. Compared to teams in the past, the key difference has been the improved showing of our big men Amjyot Singh and Amritpal Singh”.
The tournament's success is just one in a series of positive results for the Indian cagers in recent years. Last year, India pulled-off its biggest win in its entire basketball history, defeating China (14th FIBA rank), 65-58 on its home turf.
India is ranked 61st in the FIBA World Rankings for men and 11th in Asia.