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"It's unbelievable": Team Clutch on winning the Bangalore qualifiers of RedBull Reign India

Team Clutch - winners of the RedBull Reign India Bangalore qualifiers.
Team Clutch - winners of the RedBull Reign India Bangalore qualifiers. (RedBull Reign India)

This past weekend, the RedBull Reign tournament took off in India with its first city qualifiers at the Embassy Sports Zone in Manyata Tech Park, Bangalore.

After two long and grueling days, it was Guru Prakash, Dev Mishra, Pratyanshu Tomar and Gowtham Reddy of Team Clutch that won the Bangalore city qualifiers.

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The foursome will represent Bangalore in the national finals of the tournament in India during the first week of June for a chance to represent India in the World Finals set to take place in Toronto.

Image: The two finalists at the Bangalore qualifiers of RedBull Reign India.

Seconds after posing for the cameras as the winners, Team Clutch spoke with NBA.com/India.

"It's unbelievable. We are still trying to get over this win," said team captain Guru Prakash on being crowned the champions of the city qualifiers.

En route to the finals, they beat the Bangalore 3X3, who had three of their four players participate in Season 1 of the 3BL last year.

"They [Bangalore 3x3] were the favorites to win this, so they were our toughest opponent", Gowtham Reddy adds.

Pratyanshu Tomar, the team's center, believes it was probably their speed and intensity that helped them upset Bangalore 3x3 in the semis.

Coming to more 3x3 talk, Dev said, "Some of our friends play in the 3BL, so those are the players we mostly follow."

"Only the Indian players - Amjyot Singh and Inderbir Singh Gill," Guru answered when asked about which 3x3 players he followed.

[Note: Inderbir Singh Gill is of Indian descent]

Answering a couple of NBA questions before they headed off to celebrate with a can of RedBull each, Team Clutch voted 3-1 in favor of Kevin Durant for the best sneaker line.

LeBron James, however, with two votes won the majority vote for the team's favorite player while Stephen Curry and James Harden had one vote each.

Stay tuned to this space for more on RedBull Reign India.

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