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Basketball and India

FIBA 3X3 U18 Asia Cup 2019: Indian Girls qualify for Main Draw; Boys miss out in heartbreaking fashion

Khushi Dongre and Harsimran Kaur
Khushi Dongre and Harsimran Kaur (NBA)

On Day 1, August 22, both Indian squads - boys and girls - were slated to play their group games in the Qualifying Draw and try to qualify for the Main Draw at the FIBA 3X3 U18 Asia Cup in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

While the Indian girls achieved it by going unbeaten in Pool A of their Qualifying Draw, the boys fell one win short.

Here's a quick glance at India's results from Day 1:

Women

Women's results from the Pool games of the Qualifying Draw:

Team Score Team
India 21-4 Maldives
India 17-13 Thailand
India 17-15 Chinese Taipei

The top two from the group - India and Thailand - qualified for the Main Draw.

India is slotted with New Zealand and Turkmenistan in Pool C of the Main Draw.

MORE: India's roster for the FIBA 3X3 U18 Asia Cup 2019

Here's a look at their schedule on Day 2:

India vs Turkmenistan 10:50 AM IST
India vs New Zealand 12:20 AM IST

At 14, India were the lowest-ranked squad in the Qualifying Draw and yet they topped it. In the Main Draw, the Indian girls need to be among the top two in Pool C to qualify to the Quarterfinals.

Men

For the boys, they needed to go unbeaten in the Qualifying Draw in order to proceed to the Main Draw.

Unfortunately, they came up short in their final pool game in the Qualifying Draw against Australia.

Men's results from the Pool Games of the Qualifying Draw:

Team Score Team
India 20-5 Maldives
India 21-16 Chinese Taipei
India 15-19 Australia

At 16, the Indian boys were the second-lowest ranked squad among the teams in the Qualifying Draw.

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