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FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers: Game-winning three helps Bahrain stun India

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In their first contest of Window 1 of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Manama against Bahrain, India led by two with nine seconds remaining.

Bahrain were playing from behind for much of this game, only leading for 10:35 minutes of this game but in their final possession, guard Hesham Sarhan knocked down a corner three to give them a 68-67 lead with just 1.2 seconds remaining.

They held on to pull off a huge upset win.

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The hosts had five players finish with nine points or more. Veteran guard Mohamed Ebrahim was the top contributor with 18 points, six assists, and four rebounds.

For India, four players finished in double figures led by Muin Bek Hafeez's team-best contribution of 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 38 minutes. Veteran duo of Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Amritpal Singh combined for 28 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.

Among the couple of NBA Academy India student-athletes in the national team, Princepal Singh got some playing time while 17-year-old Amaan Sandhu received a DNP - Coach's Decision.

Singh, in 11:48 minutes, finished with three points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

As per the latest FIBA rankings, Bahrain was ranked 113th while India stands at 74, so this result is a huge upset. Up next for India, in Window 1 of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers, is Iraq on February 24th at 9:30 PM IST at the Al Shaeb Hall in Baghdad.

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