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Basketball and India

NBA Academy Games: India beat China in final game at third NBA Academy Games in Atlanta

NBA Academy India athletes at the NBA Academy Games last week.
(NBA India/Twitter)

Earlier this month, from July 10-15, the third NBA Academy Games took place at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, the official practice facility of the Atlanta Hawks.

The series of exhibition games featured prospects from the NBA Academies in Australia, China, India, Mexico and Senegal, along with two select teams of top international prospects.

This was the first Academy Games to be held in the United States as the previous two were conducted at The NBA Global Academy, an elite basketball training center at Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Each team played six games and here's how the final table looked:

Teams GP W-L
NBA Global Academy 6 6-0
World Select Blue 6 4-2
NBA Academy Africa 6 4-2
World Select Red 6 4-2
NBA Academy Latin America 6 3-3
The Skill Factory [TSF] 6 2-4
NBA Academy India 6 1-5
NBA Academy China 6 0-6

NBA Academy India won their final exhibition game against NBA Academy China on July 15: 65-61

In the win, NBA Academy India had three players score in double figures - Aamaan Sandhu (15p, 7r), Harshwardhan Tomar (12p, 5r), and Pranav Prince (10p, 4r, 3s, 3a).

The Indian student-athletes outrebounded their opponents by 13 on the offensive glass. They outscored the student-athletes from China by 14 in the middle two quarters to carry a 11-point lead into the fourth quarter, a lead they never relinquished.

The NBA Academy India's roster wasn't the only Indian representative at the event.

Princepal Singh, a 6-9 forward from Ludhiana, was a member of the NBA Global Academy squad that went unbeaten through their six games.

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