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Basketball and India

Star-Studded Street Ball League Kicks Off with Opening Ceremony And Matches on 9th October at Podar Sports Ground, Mumbai

Actress Esha Gupta - owner of Hoop Heads team with organsiers of Street Ball League including Rannvijay Singha
Actress Esha Gupta - owner of Hoop Heads team with organsiers of Street Ball League including Rannvijay Singha (Street Ball League)

On the 9th of October, the Street Ball League had its opening ceremony which saw celebrities and different talents of all walks from the celebrity team owners to actors. Owners being Esha Gupta, Gursimran Khamba, Simran Mundi, Sana Khan, Melvin Louis, Varun Sood, Divya Agarwal and other entrepreneurs.

The ceremony started with the national anthem sung by Raghu Ram (known from MTV Roadies) followed by some crazy performances of Squadrann showing basketball freestyle by Archis, gymnastics by Milan, BMX action by Annul, Sudhir R- India's only fluteboxer and Asia's Got Talent semi-finalist, a rap battle by SunnyG, SeeMo and Beast mode crew followed by a dance performance by Divya Agarwal and Crew.

After the performance, the opening match was between Teams - Three Pointers and Shooting Stars - where Loveneet with 24 points stole the show and the Three Pointers won 56-52. The second match was between Varun Sood & Divya's team Dunk vipers and Simran Mundi's team Flying Panthers where Panthers won by 68-57. The Third was a women's match between Esha Gupta & Devarsh's Hoop heads and Melvin Louis Hot Steppers. Carina from Hot Steppers scored 14 as her team won 23-14.

The last match was an intensely close match between Bandra Brawlers & South Side Warriors. The South Side were victorious 48-43 with the man of the match being Yousuf (28 points). Anmol Chopra from the defeated team Dunk vipers was the highest scorer of the day with 36 points.

Here's a look a the results from Oct. 10 (matchday 2 of week 1):

Team 1 Score Team 2
Hoop Heads 58-52 Old School Brawlers
Hot Steppers 32-49 Bay City Bombers
Face Spartans (Women) 27-17 Play Makers (Women)
Face Spartans 36-44 Buzzer Beater

Here's how the league standings look after all teams were done with their first game.

The matches saw the crowd go bonkers especially at the clutch time which is a new format where the score gets doubled in the last 2 minutes of each quarter.

Rannvijay Singha on Street Ball League highlights "When I was in school & college, basketball was my first love. Always thought as to why this game didn't get the love that it deserved. Basketball is a mix of many subcultures, hip hop, sneakers, dancing, singing, etc. So now, we at Street Ball league are giving a platform to all the basketballers and the local talent to blossom in a healthy and active environment."

"Basketball runs in my veins, both my parents were players of high caliber, learning a sport young was an integral part of growing up and I was lucky enough to always enjoy and play the game, Streetball is our way of spreading the love and joy of this game to all the youngsters out there," says Harman Singha.

"Basketball revelation is happening around us and we are at the forefront of the revolution. Let's make basketball the game for all youngsters to admire and follow, its time for basketball to prosper in India. #ballbayball" says Pranav Premnarayen, Director of the League and also of Leap Pro Sports, the sports management company that has helped conceptualize the league.

Street Ball League matches will take place on weekends till the first week of December at Podar Sports Ground, Santacruz. 12 men's teams - 11 games per team, 4 women's team - 6 games each

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